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  • LANL technique backed for hydrogen storage

    The Department of Energy selected Los Alamos National Laboratory for one of 10 projects to develop hydrogen storage technologies.

    A DOE announcement Thursday stated that the award was for up to $2.3 million for a “novel concept using an electric field to increase the hydrogen binding energy in hydrogen adsorbents.”

    LANL will receive $100,000 to begin the contract, which will run through September 2011, according to an announcement by Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Thursday.

  • Almost $7 million in assets unaccounted for at LAPS

    “I’m flabbergasted and I’m speechless,” said school board member Alison Beckman of the $6,671,129 in capital assets discovered missing from the district by independent auditors.

    The audit finds Los Alamos Public Schools does not have sufficient detailed records to adequately track capital assets for the year ended June 30, 2007.

  • LAPS clarifies audit findings

    The director of business services for Los Alamos Public Schools responded to a story in Thursday’s Monitor regarding unaccounted for capital assets.

    John Wolfe said the nearly $7 million in capital asset adjustments, which auditors indicated had to be made in the capital assets account for the 2006-07 school year, was an accounting adjustment and does not reflect a loss of cash or property.

  • Judicial/Police/Jail complex will have open house tonight

    Public Works officials are hoping that plans to develop the new Judicial/Police/Jail Complex by Ashley Pond will be one step closer to becoming a reality after they present their design development update to County Council during a special session next week.

    The project originated nearly five years ago to address a myriad of problems plaguing the police department and the municipal and district courtroom.

    For example, the existing police building was built in 1977 and does not meet current standards.

  • Mountaineer tallk features caving expeditions in New Mexico, Belize, and Mexico

    The Los Alamos Mountaineers on Wednesday evening will host long-time cavers Brian Kendrick and James Hunter as they share their incredible photographs of and exciting adventures in some of the most spectacular caves in the world.

    Brian Kendrick has been actively caving for over seven years primarily in New Mexico with a few caving trips to Colorado, Arizona, and the Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia (TAG) areas.

  • Hyperion takes first orders

    Hyperion Power Generation, the start-up company that plans to make small nuclear power reactors, announced that it has received its first Letter of Intent for purchasing up to six units at about $25 million each.

    The company’s CEO John “Grizz” Deal said the order was placed by TES, an investment group focusing on the energy sector in Central Eastern Europe.

    A Hyperion press release said TES could potentially be in the market for up to 50 of the nuclear power modules.

  • Los Alamos Plaza approved to break ground

    Demolition equipment is poised to level the Los Alamos Inn complex next month to clear the way for a mixed-use project for which the county has just granted a building permit.

    Developer Dan G. Zerfas detailed the three-phase commercial, retail and residential project during an onsite interview Tuesday.

  • KRSN requests 30-year land lease from School Board

    Seeking an acre of land and a 30-year lease for their antenna, KRSN AM 1490 owner-operators Gillian and David Sutton presented their case to school board members Tuesday evening in the district boardroom.

    “We are not in compliance with FCC regulations,” David said.

    The station has not been in compliance since the old antenna was dismantled some eight years ago to make way for the Hawks Landing housing addition, he said.

  • Biographer recounts life, times of first lab director

    J. Robert Oppenheimer, the first director of the Los Alamos laboratory, did not quite come to life Monday night, but his shadow cast by a master storyteller had a haunting and unusual presence.

    The prize-winning co-author of an acclaimed biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer performed a powerful feat of ventriloquism, placing his subject squarely in his own time while speaking directly to our own.

  • Burglars lounge around homes

    A handyman’s Alcalde nephew, a carpet cleaner wanted in Oklahoma and a 15-year-old “mobbin’” ringleader from Walnut Street are each implicated in local burglaries.

    The 15-year old claims responsibility for at least 20 burglaries around the Walnut Street area, driving Zone 17 into the highest residential burglary sector in the county between January and June, according to police reports.