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  • Update 12-05-14

    Creches

    The 21st Annual “Creches From Around the World,” exhibition will be until 7 p.m. today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1967 18th St., off 15 and Sage Streets. Anyone who like to share Nativity sets may call Jerilynn Christiansen at 662-5073.

    Forum

    Former DEA chief of International Operations Michael S. Vigil will be the guest speaker at the Santa Fe Council on International Relations meeting. 3 p.m. Saturday at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design in the forum. $15 for CIR members, $10 non-members & guests. $15 for CIR members, Students, teachers and law enforcement officers are welcome to attend for free. For more information and to register for the event, visit sfcir.org, call 982-4931.

    Lighting

    County Councilors will host a “Lighting of the Holiday Tree” in the Municipal Building lobby at 5:30 p.m. Saturday as part of Winterfest activities. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the lobby will be open until the holiday lights parade begins at 6 p.m.

    Bazaar

    Children’s Christmas Bazaar. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church’s annual Children’s Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to noon in Kelly Hall.

    Breakfast

  • County updates status of aquatic center

    As previously announced, the project at the Walkup Aquatic Center to replace the heating and cooling systems and boilers is behind schedule. Although significant progress has been made in the last week, a November reopening of the facility to the public previously targeted was not met.
    “The project scope has not changed nor has there been any significant design or cost issues,” said Steven Huebner, Project Manager. “The project is a complex system renovation that is taking longer to complete than expected.”
    Huebner said that county will not bear any additional costs for this delay, or, the county will not pay additional charges to the contractor for work currently being performed that is within the scope of work.
    Late Monday, the contractor submitted an updated work plan to the county outlining all remaining and incomplete project work based on a thorough walk-through by the contractor and county staff on Nov. 26. It includes the following main issues:
    • Install and test replacement boiler circulation pumps that were initially received on-site with factory defects;
    • Complete programming of system controls;
    • Install and test a larger gas meter;
    • Adjust air and water flows and settings to regulate and maintain required temperatures;

  • Flying high at PAC 8

    Los Alamos residents may have noticed aerial images in some of the county’s public service announcements showing at the Reel Deal Theater. Those images are taken with PAC 8’s recent addition: a DJI Phantom drone.
    PAC 8 Executive Director Jean Gindreau’s interest in drones was sparked at a National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference in Las Vegas. Among all the latest video and software technology on display were GoPro cameras and unmanned helicopters of all sizes.
    At the conference, Gindreau received a coupon for $100 off one of the $400 GoPro cameras.
    “So I got the GoPro, and then just decided I had to get one of those copters,” Gindreau said. She purchased a $450 Phantom, the least expensive model. The entire investment came to about $1,000.
    The DJI Phantom — which measures one and a half feet square and six-inches high— has a case to hold a GoPro. The drone has a horizontal speed of about 22 miles per hour with a vertical speed of approximately 13 mph.
    Gindreau’s first attempt to pilot the tiny helicopter nearly ended in disaster, due to a quirk of the remote control steering mechanism.

  • Today in history Dec. 5
  • Crash snarls traffic heading westbound on N.M. 502

     

    Traffic is snarled heading westbound on N.M. 502 Friday morning after a single-car crash near the Totavi Gas Station.

    Traffic is backed up and according to an eyewitness, the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department is on the scene as well as the Los Alamos Fire Department.

    The crash involved one female driver who was heading to school, according to emergency officials. She received medical attention for her injuries and is "doing fine," according to officials.

  • Update 12-04-14

    Exhibit

    The 21st Annual “Creches From Around the World,” exhibition will be from 1-7 p.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1967 18th St., off 15 and Sage Streets. Anyone who like to share Nativity sets may call Jerilynn Christiansen at 662-5073.

    Film

    The Mesa Public Library Film Series. “Bagdad Café,” 6:30 p.m. today in the upstairs meeting room.

    Caldera meeting

    The Valles Caldera Trust Board of Trustees will conduct a public meeting from 6-9 p.m. today in Albuquerque. The meeting will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn ­— Albuquerque Airport, 2601 Yale Blvd. SE.

    Lighting

    County Councilors will host a “Lighting of the Holiday Tree” in the Municipal Building lobby at 5:30 p.m. Saturday as part of Winterfest activities. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the lobby will be open until the holiday lights parade begins at 6 p.m.

    Bazaar

    Children’s Christmas Bazaar. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church’s annual Children’s Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to noon in Kelly Hall.

  • Today in history Dec. 4
  • DOE details cleanup changes at Los Alamos lab

     

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Federal officials plan to issue a temporary contract for nuclear waste cleanup operations at Los Alamos National Laboratory while those responsibilities are shifted away from the National Nuclear Security Administration.

    Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced earlier this year he would pull cleanup operations from the contractor that runs the lab after a barrel of waste packed at Los Alamos leaked and forced the closure of the government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico.

    Agency officials said Wednesday they believe it's appropriate to award the short-term contract to lab manager Los Alamos National Security to avoid any disruption during the interim.

    The Energy Department's Office of Environmental Management will oversee the contract.

    Officials say it could be two years before the agency issues long-term contracts for the work.

  • Update 12-03-14

    Sierra Club

    Sierra Club Open Meeting. 7 p.m. today at UNM-LA, building 200, room 230 lecture hall. Craig Martin Presents: The Los Alamos Open Space System. The public is welcome to hear the plan and contribute ideas.

    Film

    The Mesa Public Library Film Series. “Bagdad Café,” 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs meeting room.

    Caldera meeting

    The Valles Caldera Trust Board of Trustees will conduct a public meeting from 6-9 p.m. Thursday in Albuquerque. The meeting will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn ­— Albuquerque Airport, 2601 Yale Blvd. SE.

    Lighting

    County Councilors will host a “Lighting of the Holiday Tree” in the Municipal Building lobby at 5:30 p.m. Saturday as part of Winterfest activities. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the lobby will be open until the holiday lights parade begins at 6 p.m.

    College Day

    Homeschoolers are invited to attend a Homeschool College Day at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. This free event will take place 1:30–3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Lecture Hall in Building 2 on the UNM-LA campus.

  • No injuries in rollover

    Shortly after a one-vehicle accident westbound on N.M. 4, the car was righted so it could be towed. The driver walked away with no injuries. The unidentified driver got a hug from a well-wisher at the scene.