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  • Shipments to nation's only nuclear dump will resume in April

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The U.S. Energy Department said Tuesday that shipments to the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository are expected to resume in April, more than three years after they were halted in response to a radiation release that contaminated part of the facility.
    Officials released plans for nearly 130 shipments from federal laboratories and other national defense sites over the next year. Those sites must demonstrate that they're ready to load the radioactive waste and that it meets new safety requirements.
    The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant was forced to close in February 2014 after an inappropriately packed drum of waste ruptured. Some operations resumed in December after an expensive recovery effort that has yet to be fully completed.
    Over the last three years, tons of waste left over from decades of nuclear weapons research and development has been stacking up at sites around the country, hampering the government's multibillion-dollar cleanup program.
    Todd Shrader, manager of the DOE's Carlsbad Field Office, acknowledged that the suspension of disposal work posed challenges for the agency and the sites where waste has been building up.

  • New Mexico's only GOP congressman has no town halls slated

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The only Republican in New Mexico's congressional delegation has not scheduled any traditional town hall meetings amid anger and general fears about the Trump administration in some parts of the nation.
    Instead, Rep. Steve Pearce, R-Hobbs, is asking constituents to sign up for a "telephone town hall" on Wednesday.
    Pearce spokesman Keeley Christensen declined to say if the Republican would hold any traditional town halls in the future and whether tense gatherings elsewhere led him to hold the telephone town hall.
    Christensen said the telephone town hall had been scheduled for "around a month" because it would reach more constituents than any rural gathering. She declined to say why Pearce hasn't scheduled a traditional town hall meeting now that other Republican congress members are getting high attendance at theirs.
    A reporter was invited to attend the telephone town hall but told he couldn't ask Pearce any questions.
    Republicans who want to repeal the Affordable Care Act are facing angry pushback at constituent meetings in Utah, Michigan, Tennessee and elsewhere, even in some solidly Republican districts.

  • Police Beat 2-12-17

    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, server a court summons, or issued a citation.
    Jan. 17
    Brian Arnink, 49, of Los Alamos was arrested by Española Police on a municipal warrant.
    Jan. 27
    7:30 a.m. — Police reported that a 37-year-old Santa Cruz woman was the victim of an accident with no injuries at the intersection of Trinity Drive and Oppenheimer Drive.

    2 p.m. — Police reported that a 14-year-old Los Alamos female was the victim of unlawful use of a telephone at Trinity Drive.

    5:48 p.m. — Abelardo Fernandez, 37, of Santa Fe was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Santa Fe Police Department. The original charge was shoplifting (less than $100) at Sherwood Boulevard.
    Jan. 28
    8:17 a.m. —  Ashley Fragua, 24, of Los Alamos was arrested for aggravated assault against a household member.
    Jan. 29

  • On the Docket 2-12-17

    Adrian E. Taylor pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to not having a proper driver’s license. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Duane Cole was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of following too closely and causing an accident. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Genevieve L. Watt was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield or stop at a sign. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Ashlee M. Allen  pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to two counts of animals at large and two counts of failing to display rabies tags on animals. The two rabies tags charges have been deferred until Feb. 24. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $240 in court costs.

    Jeramy Martinez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of not having proper car insurance. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.
    Jan. 27
    John Snyder paid a $50 fine for failing to display a current, valid registration plate while parked.

    John Zalis was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Friends of Shelter to host Valentine’s Day basket raffle

    The Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter are doing something this Valentine’s Day for those other companions who give love unconditionally – our dogs and cats.
    The group will have a gift basket raffle 3 p.m. Valentine’s Day at Pet Pangaea in Los Alamos. The Friends have put together two gift baskets, one for dogs and one for cats.  
    Both baskets are stocked with all sorts of books, treats and toys that both owners and pets will like. Pet Pangaea owner Cyndi Wells has sweetened the pot for the lucky winners of the raffle by donating two $100 gift cards, one for each basket.
    The fundraiser is a first time Valentine’s Day event for the Friends, and funds raised will go toward specifically helping the Friends with their spay/neuter program and their pet care program. The Friends sponsor spay/neuter programs all over the state and help out when either homeless animals or owned animals are hit with a catastrophic illness or injury.
    “If they have a loving home but the pet owner cannot pay the vet bills, we help pay for those so the animal does not have to be euthanized and can recover so it can go back to its home,” said LAFOS member Wendee Brunish.

  • Finding love at the senior center

    The senior centers in White Rock and Los Alamos are places for people to gather, engage in activities and get to know new people. Sometimes those new friendships lead to marriage.
    Cathy and Charles Knoop were both volunteers for Los Alamos Retired & Senior Organization’s when they met.
    Charles wanted to continue helping people after retiring from a job serving low income people in Española, so he volunteered as a driver. He was also throwing himself into as many activities as he could after his wife of 28 years died in 2011.
    When the couple met in Oct. 2015, Charles had started looking for someone again, trying eHarmony without success.
    “I didn’t expect to have someone who could love me again,” Charles said. “I prayed a lot to God to bring a delightful person into my life, and one who would love music, love playing and love God and could love me.”
    Cathy retired from teaching at Chamisa Elementary in 2010. She had been teaching there since moving to Los Alamos in 2003.
    Cathy began volunteering at the Betty Ehart Senior Center when her daughter Sarah Chandler, assistant coordinator for the Los Alamos Volunteer Association, asked her to man the desk in the downstairs reception area.

  • Deputy manager leaving for Texas

    Los Alamos County Deputy County Manager Brian Bosshardt will reach a personal goal of his when he leaves Los Alamos County in about two months to take over as city manager for Bedford, Texas.  
    “It’s been my career goal ever since leaving graduate school to make it to the city manager’s chair at some point, and it seemed like the right time,” Bosshardt said.
    When he came to Los Alamos in 2010, he served as assistant to the county administrator before being made deputy county manager in 2012.
    Professionally, he said what attracted him to New Mexico was the work he’d be doing here.
    “When I got here the county council had very much a regional focus, wanting to work with the other communities in the regions, to assist, that’s been a large part of my job,” Bosshardt said.
    He also liked the area for its beauty and the friends he’s made the short time he’s been here.
    “Not having spent a lot of time here, getting to know the people here. I have truly enjoyed my time here in northern New Mexico,” Bosshardt said. “It’s somewhat bittersweet in respect to leaving the area, leaving my coworkers, but (County Manager) Harry Burgess has compiled a wonderful team here.”

  • 'Cultural Atlas of New Mexico' app released

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A new mobile app is putting New Mexico's cultural and historical sites at the fingertips of smartphone users.
    The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs recently released the Cultural Atlas of New Mexico app that allows users to explore landmarks, parks and public art around the state.
    It was developed with the help of Highlands University media arts graduate student Matthew Gallegos.
    The Cultural Atlas of New Mexico app has more than 800 photos, a New Mexico map integrated with the user's phone-mapping software, and written highlights of the sites.
    The app is available as a free download on Google Play and the Apple App Store.

  • Plague found in East Mountains

    EDGEWOOD (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health says it's discovered plague in three dogs in the East Mountains.

    The department says in a news release that the dogs were several miles from Edgewood and were confirmed to have plague this year.

    Plague is a bacterial disease that can be fatal but in most cases causes fever, chills, headache and weakness.

    It can be passed from animals to people by direct contact.

    New Mexico saw four human plague cases in 2016, although nobody died. There were also four cases in 2015, but one resulted in death.

  • Residents say 1st atom bomb test caused cancer cases

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Residents say the world's first atomic bomb test caused generations of southern New Mexico families to suffer from cancer and economic hardship, according to surveys gathered by an advocacy group seeking compensation for descendants.

    The surveys released Friday detailed residents' stories from areas around the 1945 Trinity Test and argue that many Hispanic families later struggled to keep up with cancer-related illnesses. The health effects of the test have long been debated in New Mexico.

    "It's the first ever study done on the Tularosa Downwinders," said Tina Cordova, co-founder of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium. "We wanted people to tell their stories in the fashion because it's never been done before."

    Members of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium have long contended that those living near the site of the world's first atomic bomb test in 1945 weren't told about the dangers or compensated for their resulting health problems.

    Since then, they say, descendants have been plagued with cancer and other illnesses while the federal government ignored their plight.