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  • Bingaman talks cleantech

    SANTA FE – The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman likes the idea of moving, leaning and looking “forward” for the next few months of energy legislation.

     

    Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M, spoke at the Coronado Ventures Forum’s annual Cleantech Event for  the state’s entrepreneurial community Wednesday.

     

    He emphasized tax incentives and credits for businesses, consumers and builders, and pointed to the recent eight-year extension of solar tax credits, as a positive trend for the future.

  • DPU gives report on power outages

    Los Alamos residents are no strangers to power outages and it’s common knowledge that some areas are worse than others.

    As a result of repeated phone calls regarding the outages, Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith, and Department of Public Utilities Engineer Rafael De la Torre, were in council chambers on Tuesday night to present a report to councilors on the reliability of the electric distribution system.

  • Skaters left in the dark

    Those visiting the skate park in front of Mesa Public Library in the evening hours have found themselves in the dark.

    Nov. 20, county staff conducted a walk-through of the skate park to determine what more needed to be done to complete the skate park project. One of the big concerns for county staff and county council is the lack of lighting at the park.

    Community Services Director Stephani Johnson said that staff had been told that it would take three weeks for the lights to be installed. However, the contractor said that they thought it would take six weeks.

  • Local artist featured in new book

    Longtime Los Alamos fiber artist Katy Korkos is featured in a new book, “The Quilting Arts Book,” available at Otowi Station bookstore on Central Avenue, and at Pandy’s Quilt Store in White Rock this holiday season.

    The book is the first that Quilting Arts Magazine has published and is a composite of special articles that appeared in the magazine, including one by Korkos.

  • LANB purchases $3 million in school bonds

    Los Alamos Public Schools put a $3 million bond issue out to bid and has accepted the lowest bid, which was placed by Los Alamos National Bank (LANB). This bond is the residual amount from a $7 million general obligation school building bond election held Sept. 19, 2006.

    LANB Cashier Anne Kain discussed the bond and why the bank submitted the favorable bid during a Nov. 20 school board meeting.

  • State questions plans for waste dump

    The New Mexico Environment Department is disappointed with its permittees at Los Alamos National Laboratory over a regulatory issue.

    Nov. 20, James Bearzi, chief of the Hazardous Waste Bureau sent a “notice of disapproval” covering several aspects of a key report in the massive, ongoing cleanup project at the laboratory.

    The letter was obtained by the Monitor Monday.

  • Police issue holiday fraud alert

    Con artists preying on unsuspecting consumers have targeted the local community this holiday season.

     

    Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster has received reports from a number of residents receiving automated calls claiming to be from ZIA Credit Union and other companies.

     

  • Team uncovers unconventional superconductivity

    An international team of researchers working at Los Alamos published a paper in the scientific journal Nature proposing an “unconventional” approach to superconductivity.

     

    The work has emerged from a series of discoveries over the last several years, involving the interplay of traditional cold temperatures and magnetism with a newly identified boundary area governed by quantum physics.

     

    Electricity, for all the good it does as a relatively inexpensive form of easily distributed energy is still less than fully efficient.

  • Council rejects muncipal building RFP

    It looks like it’s back to the drawing board for Los Alamos County, as hopes of a new municipal building were squashed last night.

     

    The County Council voted 6-0 in favor of rejecting all proposals under RFP No. 2008-1637 and canceling the solicitation with DePonte Investments.

     

  • Winterfest visitors invited to open house

    Visitors to this year’s Winterfest activities downtown on Saturday are invited to stop by the Community Building and view the current County projects at the design or construction stage. The Boyer Company will also have a table with the most recent site plans for The Trinity Place, a mixed-use lifestyle center planned for the Trinity site that currently houses county and schools’ facilities.