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  • 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. 

  • Bloomfield officials can't wait for Foster to start


    The mayor and the city manager of Bloomfield can’t wait for soon-to-be former Los Alamos resident Randy Foster to assume his role as the city’s next police chief. 

    In describing what it was like observing Foster go through their candidate selection process, words like “honesty” and “integrity” frequently came up. 

    The selection process consisted of three interview panels, one consisting of members of Bloomfield’s business community, another of town leadership and administrative officials and another of regional law enforcement personnel.

  • EPA clean power plan impact on Los Alamos is unclear


    It may be some time before the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities knows how the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan affects Los Alamos. EPA announced the plan on June 2. 

    The Clean Power Plan is directed toward states rather than individual power generation plants. The goal is for the U.S. power sector to emit 30 percent less carbon pollution by 2030 than in 2005. That will be accomplished by reducing the amount of carbon pollution emitted for each megawatt-hour of generated electricity, a ratio called “carbon intensity.” 

    National limits are currently in place to regulate pollutants such as arsenic and mercury, but not for carbon. 

    Scientists attribute rising average temperatures and extreme weather events (which cost the American economy more than $100 billion dollars in 2012 alone) to carbon pollution. 

  • Kiwanis scholarship winner


  • State briefs 6-26-14


    Numerous cars vandalized

    in Santa Fe parking lot 


    SANTA FE (AP) — Police in Santa Fe say they’re investigating criminal damage, vandalism and burglary to numerous cars in a Rail Runner parking lot.

    They say 26 cars either had windows damaged or tires slashed and seven batteries were stolen from vehicles.

    Police are working with Rail Runner officials to obtain surveillance footage of the vandalism.

    Investigators believe the damage was done sometime late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

  • Officials urge residents to sign up for CODE RED


    CODE RED is part of a closely knit network of local government emergency response organizations that constitute the National Emergency Communications Network. Rarely does a single incident such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks activate the entire network. 

    Most emergencies are local and routinely handled but a few can rise to the level of an alert issued by the National Weather Service or police and fire departments. Some emergencies such as a derailed train carrying hazardous chemicals, polluted water supply or wildfire require a targeted, immediate response to the population in harm’s way. 

    CODE RED is an Internet based communication system that can segregate land areas and their populations based on any incident. It includes a secure GPS database of every listed telephone number referenced to a geographical location. The local agency can access all or some of those numbers simultaneously by segregating the area impacted by each incident. 

  • U.S. advances in World Cup despite loss to Germany

    RECIFE, Brazil (AP) — The United States reached the knockout stage of consecutive World Cups for the first time, just not the way the Americans wanted.

    Germany beat the U.S. 1-0 Thursday in soggy Recife on Thomas Mueller's 55th-minute goal to win Group G, but the Americans held onto second place when Portugal defeated Ghana 2-1 in a game played simultaneously in Brasilia.

    "Obviously it's a huge achievement by our team to come through that group and qualify for the knockout stage," U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said.

  • Today in history June 26
  • Local student awarded scholarship to study Russian

    Sarah Wallstrom, a student at Los Alamos High School, was recently awarded the National Security Language Institute for Youth (NSLI-Y) Scholarship for study of a strategic language.
    The NSLI-Y program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in overseas immersion programs. The State Department offers approximately 625 students per year the chance to study Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, or Turkish overseas, either for the academic year or the summer.
    Wallstrom chose to study Russian. She has left already to spend six weeks in Moldova, a country landlocked between Ukraine and Romania, where the Russian language is fairly widespread. She will live with a host family, study the Russian language in the morning, and participate in cultural events in the afternoon.
    Wallstrom grew interested in Russia after participating in the youth exchange trip sponsored by the Los Alamos — Sarov Sister City Initiative (LASSCI). In 2012 she traveled with nine other Los Alamos teens to the “secret city” of Sarov where the Russian atomic bomb was developed. In the summer of 2013, Wallstrom studied Russian language and culture at the Concordia Language Villages program in Minnesota.

  • Update 06-25-14


    Kiwanis meets from noon to 1 p.m. each Tuesday in Kelly Hall at Trinity On The Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Next week: Dr. Barbara Van Eeckhout, a physician in Los Alamos, will speak.


    Authors Speak Series. Tom Harmer, a lifelong student of natural history, outdoor survival and native practices in the wild. 7 p.m. today at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

    Play reading

    Play reading for LALT’s November show: Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” also known as “Ten Little Indians. 7 p.m. today at Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar Street. Anyone interested in auditioning for this production is highly encouraged to attend the reading.

    Farmers Market

    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. This week at market produce, fruit, meat, baked goods, plants, honey, great gift ideas/ and dairy along with music.

    Bandelier campout

    Bandelier National Monument presents the Great American Backyard Campout. Take part in the nationwide event and pitch a tent under the stars from 6-11 p.m. Saturday at the Juniper Campground. Event is free.