Local News

  • Trash to gas a topic in LA

    As part of its ongoing exploration into greener options for processing trash, the Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board heard a presentation by Oswaldo Galarza of Alternative Industry Resources Global on technology for turning trash into natural gas or electricity.
    According to Galarza, several countries around the world are converting 100 percent of their waste into energy. His presentation highlighted operations of an A.I.R. Global facility in Aruba, which uses three reactors to provide 100 percent green energy to the country. Aruba has ordered three more turbines to process more waste.
    “When I say waste, that’s anything that comes into a landfill − tires, paper, cardboard, plastics − everything that has a BTU value can be processed for an energy source,” Galarza said.
    Metal, glass and construction materials are the exceptions. Those are sorted out before the trash begins its journey on conveyor belts through the system.
    The trash is shredded, then sent to drying units, which remove moisture so it can gasify more efficiently. Excess heat from the gasification process is diverted to the driers for that purpose. The waste is then compressed to achieve even greater efficiency.

  • LA officer faces charge

    It seems a minor amount of money has gotten a Los Alamos police officer into a whole lot of trouble.
    Sgt. Jordan Redmond, an officer with the Los Alamos Police Department, has been placed on administrative leave after an internal investigation revealed he allegedly was paid $276.12 from the University of New Mexico, Los Alamos while on duty in June of 2014.
    Redmond was allegedly paid by UNM-LA to be a “non-credit instructor” for the school. His main duty was to give tours of the Los Alamos Justice Center, located on Trinity Drive, to high school students who were involved in the “Early College High School Career Exploration Program.” The ECHSCEP is a program managed by UNM-LA and the Los Alamos High School. According to court records, Redmond was paid $150 for each tour he gave of the center. That June, he was paid for two tours.
    According to LAPD regulations, Redmond was not supposed to be “receiving payment for conducting normal patrol duties,” and was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of his case. Redmond has been charged with engaging in an official act for personal financial gain, a misdemeanor offense.
    Maximum penalties include a year in jail and up to a $1,000 in fines.

  • Today in history Oct. 28
  • Today in history Oct. 27
  • Pet Talk: Ferret owners encouraged to protect pets against canine distemper

    While it is not legally required by law to vaccinate pet ferrets for canine distemper, it is imperative for pet owners to protect their ferrets against this fatal and highly contagious disease.
    Exotic mammals, like ferrets, are susceptible to diseases that affect many domestic pets, including the canine distemper virus. Ferrets are highly susceptible to canine distemper, and the disease proves fatal for virtually all of the ferrets that come into contact with the virus. Though the disease is extremely deadly, proper vaccination protects ferrets from infection.
    Canine distemper is caused by a paramyxovirus (RNA virus) that can affect numerous species, including dogs, foxes, skunks, badgers, raccoons, bears, primates, and large felids such as tigers and lions. Transmission of the virus is primarily through aerosol droplet secretions from an infected animal, which can live in grass, weeds, trees, and shrubs for up to 10 days. Once infected, the animal can spread the virus for several months. Though canine distemper is considered highly contagious, the virus can be quite unstable in the environment and most common disinfectants are effective in preventing transmission.

  • Shelter Report 10-25-15

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.

  • Police Beat 10-25-15

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons or issued a citation.

    April 28
    8:27 p.m. — A report of shoplifting of $100 or less at Trinity Drive in Los Alamos.
    Oct. 8  
    3:30 p.m. — Officers took a report from someone who claimed to be a victim of someone who engaged in an act for personal financial gain at Trinity Drive in Los Alamos.
    2:02 p.m. — Jordan Redmond, 32, of Los Alamos, was arrested on suspicion of engaging in an act for personal financial gain at the 2500 block of Trinity Drive in Los Alamos.
    Oct. 14
    7:09 a.m. — A 27-year-old male was involved in an accident and sustained injuries at the corner of canyon Road and Diamond Drive in Los Alamos.
    2:38 p.m. — A 29-year-old female of Los Alamos was the victim of battery against a household member.
    3 p.m. — Lenley Salazar, 31, of Los Alamos, was arrested on suspicion of battery against a household member.
    5:07 p.m. — A bomb squad was called out to the corner of Canyon Road and Diamond Drive in Los Alamos.

  • Cone Zone projects include ice rink parking

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

    Public Works Projects:

    Ice Rink Parking
    Motorists might experience delays as the new parking area is constructed please allow extra time while driving through this segment under construction. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limit and be on the alert for workers and equipment.

    Sherwood Blvd. /La Vista Drive
    Rain has delayed the paving of Sherwood Boulevard and closure until Tuesday. Work is scheduled through the weekend to prepare the roadbed for paving.
    On Monday, construction crews will be paving the northbound lane of Sherwood Boulevard. The southbound lane will remain open. Motorists might experience minor delays particularly at driveways and cross streets.

  • Internet customers get higher speeds; local company to drop prices for residential service

    Comcast is increasing Internet speeds with the introduction of a new Performance Pro speed tier of 75 Mbps and Blast! Pro speed tier of 150 Mbps. Some Los Alamos customers may already have noticed the change.
    “It’s available this month,” said Julianne Phares, external affairs manager with Comcast in Albuquerque. “For many customers, it’s already there. It’s a gradual rollout.”
    Phares says the increase benefits businesses with their ability to download and upload more quickly, improving productivity.
    “Everyone wants more speed,” Phares said.
    Customers who subscribe to many popular XFINITY bundles will now receive either Performance Pro, increasing their download speeds from 50 Mbps to 75 Mbps, or Blast! Pro, increasing their speeds from 105 Mbps to 150 Mbps, an increase of nearly 50 percent. Additionally, Comcast is launching a new 250 Mbps Internet speed tier in Albuquerque, Extreme 250, which is available for immediate purchase today.
    For those subscribing to eligible bundles, the new Performance Pro speeds, or Blast! Pro speed tiers will be available by the end of October. The speed increases also are effective in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces and Farmington later this month and in early November.

  • Feds probe thefts at labs

    The Associated Press

    Federal officials say workers have stolen radioactive materials from Los Alamos National Laboratory multiple times this year.
    Items were taken from an area that stores contaminated materials before they’re shipped elsewhere. A federal court filing says there have been 76 thefts by Los Alamos personnel in 2015.
    An affidavit says lab officials contacted federal investigators on Sept. 30 to say a subcontractor’s employee had stolen items.
    The Los Alamos Police Department had responded to a larceny call the previous day at another technical area, TA-18, where a witness had seen a man throwing items from the trunk of his car into bushes along the roadside. Los Alamos police found a bandsaw, garden hose, Truefit gloves, screwdriver set and conduit, some of them marked “TA-54.”
    The Los Alamos officer immediately notified radioactive control technicians to survey for contamination. Both the individuals and items found were positive for alpha-emitting isotopes, and two individuals at the spot where the items were discovered were taken to the lab’s occupational health clinic for decontamination.
    One individual who was interviewed said some contaminated gloves left in a LANL vehicle the week before had gone missing.