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  • School lunch going up by 25 cents

    During a recent special session, the school board opted to raise the price of hot lunch by 25 cents, from $3.75 to an even $4.

    Though the board was toying with the idea for a few weeks, it was all but forced to do so once it received new information about the hot lunch program’s financials at the special session.

    During the session, it was revealed that the program actually lost money this year.

    According to figures presented by the district’s CFO John Wolfe and business service specialist Regina Mertz, the district finished the program $3,426 in the red. The board weighed this sobering news with other factors, which included an aging dishwasher and heating equipment that apparently is in need of repair.

    What prompted the price discussion in the first place was that the district’s hot lunch provider, Summit, recently announced that it was raising its production costs from $3.71 to 3.79. Summit creates the hot lunches off campus and delivers them to the kitchen at the Los Alamos Middle School. From there, they are distributed to the other schools.

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  • Betts wins top Ranger award


    Tom Betts, Bandelier National Monument’s chief ranger and a 32-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS), has been named the 2013 recipient of the Harry Yount National Park Ranger Award. The honor, bestowed at a ceremony June 25 in Washington, D.C., is the NPS’s highest accolade for excellence in the art and science of rangering.

    Betts, who grew up in national parks as a park ranger’s son, became chief ranger at Bandelier in 2009 after serving at some of the Park Service’s “crown jewel” parks from Alaska to Wyoming to Arizona.

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  • Planned power outage scheduled for Timber Ridge Apartments Wednesday

    Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities has scheduled a power outage for apartments on Timber Ridge Road and the Trinity Village Apartments for Wednesday.

    Electricity will be shut off at 9 a.m. and will be restored at around noon.

  • Lab admits violating nuke waste permit


    Monitor Staff, Wire Reports

    Los Alamos National Laboratory says it made mistakes in packing waste that has been linked to a radiation leak at the government's underground nuclear waste dump, but it remains unclear if the violations or its use of organic cat litter to absorb moisture played a role in the accident.

    In a letter released by state regulators Thursday, lab officials told the New Mexico Environment Department that their internal probe of the handling of the toxic waste from decades of nuclear bomb building has uncovered several violations of its Hazardous Waste Facility Permit. The lab says it failed to follow proper procedures in making the switch from inorganic to organic litter and in its lack of follow up on waste that tests showed to be highly acidic.

    The shortcomings were described as "unacceptable" by Principal Associate Lab Director Terry Wallace, according to an internal memo.

    Teams of scientists and engineers are still trying to determine exactly what caused a barrel from Los Alamos to burst, and whether the switch in cat litter helped fuel what is suspected to have been some kind of reaction in the highly acidic waste that also contained lead.

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    Los Alamos residents and visitors will soon be able to while away an afternoon sipping wine and nibbling on tapas or chocolate at The Wine Room in Central Park Square. 

    Three New Mexico wineries are partners in the venture: Black’s Smuggler Winery in Bosque, Anasazi Fields Winery in Placitas and Vivác Winery in Dixon. 

    Black’s Smuggler is owned by Tony Black, Anasazi Fields by Jim Fish, and Vivác by brothers Jesse and Chris Padberg and their wives, Michele and Liliana Padberg, respectively.

    The owners were three of five wineries that responded to a letter issued by the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, seeking those interested in participating in a joint venture. 

    Black said the synergy between the three companies bodes well for the venture. 

    “I think we have a very, very cohesive group. I would say that when all three of you are working together toward the same goal, it works very, very well,” Black said. “We’ve come to consensus on a lot of items very quickly.”