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  • Draft of agreement for park is released

    The National Park Service and the Department of Energy are looking for public feedback on a drafted proposal on how to manage the new Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
    Public comment is open on the proposal from now until Aug. 28.
    The two entities will jointly manage the MPNHP, which was established late last year as part of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, passed by both congressional houses and signed by President Obama.
    The park will include parts of three national laboratories, including Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    One of the main goals of the current draft, according to the two agencies, is “to identify the facilities and areas under the DOE’s administrative jurisdiction that will initially be included,” in the MPNHP.
    The current draft of the proposal doesn’t deal with the management of the park, nor does it identify where the park’s headquarters might be located, a subject that’s been a sticking point. Los Alamos residents have identified possible site for the park’s headquarters around the county, while Oak Ridge, Tennessee, which is also involved, has a letter-writing campaign directed at lawmakers to try to persuade them that it is the best choice for the headquarters.

  • Today in history July 29
  • Machines may help with chile crop

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — A group of investors and inventors are set to launch a test run they believe could save New Mexico chile.
    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the group this week plans scaled-up trial runs of mechanized harvesting and de-stemming of green chile.
    Experts and farmers say mechanization is the best way to halt, and even reverse, a long-term trend of declining chile acreage in New Mexico.
    Federal numbers showed overall chile acreage harvested across New Mexico fell in 2014 to a 43-year low.
    The trial runs involve harvesting machines made in the U.S., as well as an Israeli company.

  • Update 7-28-15

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will have a regular meeting Tuesday in council chambers. Meeting time is 7 p.m.

    Nature Center

    A presentation, “Art, Wind and Fire,” will be given at Los Alamos Nature Center starting at 7 p.m. today
    The event is free.

    Football practice

    The official opening of preseason football for Los Alamos High School is Aug. 3. Anyone in grades 9-12 may play. Interested players must have completed a physical examination before being eligible to participate. For more information, contact Garett Williams at ga.williams@laschools.net.

    Brewing

    Bathtub Row Brewing will host its “Full House Party” starting at 3 p.m. Friday at its location in Central Park Square. Local beers and several local bands are scheduled to play Friday and Saturday. For information, call 500-8381.

    Grand Opening

    The White Rock Library and Youth Center grand opening is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at their new location at Sherwood Boulevard and N.M. 4. The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

    Flight rally

  • PBS to air 'The Bomb'

    Albuquerque PBS affiliate channel 5, KNME, will air a documentary on the atomic bomb tonight.
    The documentary, “The Bomb,” is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. The two-hour documentary will highlight the path humans took to harness the power of atomic energy.
    According to PBS, “The Bomb” will feature newly restored footage of nuclear weaponry that was only recently released by the government. Also included will be rarely seen footage from bomb tests through the 1950s and 1960s.
    Of course, much of the primary research work for the construction of the atomic bomb, which was a key instrument in ending World War II in Japan, was done in Los Alamos.
    “The arc of this story is filled with fascinating breakthroughs, agonizing human dilemmas, and unintended consequences,” said Bill Margol, senior director of Programming and Development for PBS. “‘The Bomb’ provides a comprehensive look at the nuclear age and offers a chance for current generations to understand the indelible impact this discovery and invention had, and continues to have, on all of us.”
    On Wednesday, there will be a presentation on NOVA, the long-running PBS series, entitled “Nuclear Meltdown Disaster,” about the nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan.

  • Black Hole building vandalized

    In the course of just two weeks, a group of teenagers have completely destroyed what was left inside of an iconic Los Alamos business.
    Damages inside The Black Hole, located on Arkansas Avenue, included the building’s many windows and two highly prized pieces of sculpture, one reported to worth between $8,000 and $10,000, according to police reports.
    The Black Hole was part government surplus depot, part art museum, and was known throughout the world.
    When it was fully operational, customers could purchase technology and equipment once owned by the Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as art created by the store’s owner, Ed Grothus.
    Grothus was also a peace activist and artist who also once worked at the lab as a machinist and technician. Grothus created works of art to display and sell at The Black Hole, two of which were destroyed by the teens last month.
    A few years after his death in 2009, The Black Hole closed its doors, but the sculptures and other items remained behind as Grothus’ family worked to settle his estate and dispose of what was left.
    On June 8, the manager of the property filed a report with police about a June 7 incident where kids threw one of Grothus’ sculptures off the roof the building, destroying it.

  • Today in history July 28
  • Oppenheimer Lecture

    A near-capacity crowd came to hear the 45th annual J. Robert Oppenheimer lecture Monday night at the Duane Smith Auditorium. This year’s lecturer was Dr. Alan Guth from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who talked about his theory of inflationary cosmology, a possible explanation of how the universe, or possibly universes, came to be.

  • Elevator to be discussed Wednesday

    There will be a public meeting Wednesday to discuss an update on the proposed elevator at Fuller Lodge.

    The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. It will be led by Los Alamos County’s design consultant, Mullen-Heller.

    Los Alamos County reported “significant public feedback” from the original proposal to put an exterior elevator at Fuller Lodge. The county said Mullen-Heller has come back with two alternative concepts, both of which would place an elevator inside Fuller Lodge and those concepts are ready for public presentation and public review.

    The meeting is informational-only and members of the Fuller Lodge/Historic Districts Advisory Board will be in attendance to hear the presentation, as well as listen to any additional public comments.

    The county said no decisions will be made at Wednesday’s meeting.

    After the meeting, the concepts will be posted on the project webpage and available for further comment through the County’s Open Forum.

    The county said the board plans to revisit this topic at a future meeting.

    For more information, visit the county’s website, losalamosnm.us, or call the Community & Economic Development Department at 662-8120 or 662-1873.
     

  • Cone Zone 7-27-15

    For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us.
    Motorists are asked to slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.
    This information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

    Western Area Improvements Phase 3:

    Roadway and utility work continues on 43rd Street and 44th Street which includes water line tie ends and concrete work. Sidewalks from the 43rd Street south and 44th Street south cul-de-sacs are under construction pedestrians are asked to use other routes into park. Pathway from 43rd north to Ridgeway will be under construction.
    43rd Street (north) will be closed to thru traffic starting today for milling operations and water line installation.
    Roads will be closed except for local residents and emergency vehicles.

    20th Street/Fuller Lodge Improvements: