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  • Udall weighs in on confirmation process

    During a teleconference on Tuesday, Democrat Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) discussed the hearings on President Elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees, which began yesterday in the Senate.
    Udall prefaced his statements by saying, “Every president, no matter who they are, should be able to choose his own team and the Senate should vote without unnecessary delay.
    But Udall went on to state, “The American people also deserve transparency. They deserve to know who is running our government and whether those people have conflicts of interest.
    “Many of Mr. Trump’s nominees are extremely wealthy. Many are connected to or have run major political or lobbying efforts. Several cabinet officials have not released their tax records or finished their ethics disclosure process,” Udall said.
    Udall pointed out that the director of the Office of Government Ethics has expressed concerns about the fact that his office has not finished the ethics review process for Trump’s nominees and that some have not yet provided the office with the required financial disclosures. The Ethics in Government Act requires that presidential appointments confirmed by the Senate obtain OGE certification of their financial disclosures prior to any congressional hearings.

  • White Rock Senior Center opens

    Monday marked the first day seniors in White Rock didn’t have to travel to the Betty Ehart Center in Los Alamos for a hot lunch.
    The White Rock Senior Center was recently outfitted with a kitchen for the first time in its long history.  It also now has a bigger recreation area.
    “This has been a vision for many, many years,” said Los Alamos Senior Services Director Pauline Schneider to the applauding crowd Monday.
    The senior center was one of the last projects in the White Rock Master Plan. It was completed this year.
    Seniors who sat down for the lunch were treated to fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, peas and carrots, rolls and fruit cocktail.
    Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. weekdays. Reservations are preferred. Reservations can be taken up until 10 a.m. on the day seniors plan to lunch. Lunch is free for seniors 60 or older. Others can attend for $7.50. For now, the best way to make reservations is to visit the center at 133 Longview Drive. Phones are still being installed.
    Schneider said that it will be a little bit before the other programs and features of the center are in place.

  • Gov. Martinez unveils plan to fix budget shortfall

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez called on Tuesday for further belt tightening by state government as she unveiled a budget proposal to close the state’s general fund deficit and restore depleted reserves, while sticking with her vow to avoid tax increases.
    The budget plan for the coming fiscal year preserves funding for economic development initiatives and public safety agencies and extends recent spending reductions for other agencies and deepens cuts to the legislative branch and state universities, colleges and specialty schools.
    New solvency measures would shrink overall compensation to state employees and public school teachers by decreasing government pension contributions to the state’s two main retirement funds by 3.5 percent of salaries. Government employees would contribute more to maintain the same benefits, with less take-home pay as a result.
    “This sends a message that it’s up to state government to tighten its own belt – not our hard working families,” the Republican governor told reporters. “Furthermore this proposal will ensure that we have a strong, healthy savings account for the next oil and gas downturn or the next time federal government fails us.”

  • DOE releases report on state of labs

    U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz released a report to the public today detailing the state of the national laboratories.
    The report was in response to a request from the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories that the nation’s 17 laboratories should more publicly demonstrate their value and contributions to science, engineering, energy and other disciplines.
    “One of the recommendations was that we do an annual report on the state of the annual laboratories, a concise report that would capture annual progress,” Moniz said.
    The 212-page report, titled “Annual Report on the State of the DOE National Laboratories,” also includes Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    Since this report was the first of its kind, the DOE decided to give a bigger picture and go more in depth than it will in later reports.
    “What we decided to do is start out with a very comprehensive report that would also provide some of the history and go into quite some detail so that future editions presumably can revert to the much more concise updates with a strong foundation provided in this report,” Moniz said.

  • DOE releases report on state of labs

    U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz released a report to the public today detailing the state of the national laboratories.
    The report was in response to a request from the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories that the nation’s 17 laboratories should more publicly demonstrate their value and contributions to science, engineering, energy and other disciplines.
    “One of the recommendations was that we do an annual report on the state of the annual laboratories, a concise report that would capture annual progress,” Moniz said.
    The 212-page report, titled “Annual Report on the State of the DOE National Laboratories,” also includes Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    Since this report was the first of its kind, the DOE decided to give a bigger picture and go more in depth than it will in later reports.
    “What we decided to do is start out with a very comprehensive report that would also provide some of the history and go into quite some detail so that future editions presumably can revert to the much more concise updates with a strong foundation provided in this report,” Moniz said.

  • Firefighters save mobile home

    A fire broke out inside a mobile home Tuesday at Royal Crest on 2025 East Jemez Road at 8:15 p.m. Monday night. No one inside the home was injured.
    The fire was caused by fireplace embers inside the home, which is on lot inside the park.
    The fire spread to the ceiling and floor, but firefighters from the Los Alamos Fire Department managed to stop it by pulling out sections of the floor and ceiling.
    Even though firefighters were dealing with a highly flammable structure and high winds, firefighters were able to save the home.
    “They were able to put it out without the fire extending throughout the house,” said LAFD Deputy Chief Steve Dawald. “We had a few things stacked against us and the homeowner, but luckily a quick response with Station 1 right down the street, we were able to get on top of the situation very quickly which led to a very successful save.”
    Dawald made sure the two occupants had places to go Monday night after the fire. They were also given Red Cross contact numbers in case they needed assistance.

  • Warmer, drier trend continues

    On Friday, a winter snowstorm that promised to bring significant moisture once again came in with a whimper. Instead of the promised four to six inches of snow (early forecasts predicted as much as six to eight inches) Los Alamos received only 2.1 inches.
    That is not the first time that initially promising storm patterns left Los Alamos high and dry. According to both Chuck Jones, senior meteorologist for the National Weather Service/Albuquerque and Los Alamos National Laboratory Meteorologist David Bruggeman, reduced precipitation and warmer temperatures are not only the trend for this winter but a long term trend dating back decades.
    According to Bruggeman, Los Alamos has seen a downward trend in annual average precipitation since 1981. Snowfall has been declining since 1951.
    Both Bruggeman and Jones are predicting this winter will continue to be drier and warmer than usual. Charts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center (cpc.noaa.gov) show all of New Mexico with a 50- to 60-percent chance of having above normal temperatures for the next three months and a 33- to 40-percent chance of below normal precipitation.

  • Police Beat 1-8-16

    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.
    Dec. 18
    11:13 a.m. — Police reported that a 38-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of criminal damage to property (less than $1,000) at 41st Street.

    6:02 p.m. — Andrew Rodriguez was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police department.
    Dec. 19
    5:25 a.m. — Aaron Sanchez, 28, of Albuquerque was arrested for aggravated driving while intoxicated at the intersection of West Jemez Road and NM 4.

    9:29 p.m. — Jennifer Hopkins, 33, of Los Alamos was arrested for operating a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicating liquor at the intersection of Diamond Drive and North Road.
    Dec. 20
    1:32 a.m. — Shannandoaha Lopez, 35, of Los Alamos was arrested for operating a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicating liquid at the intersection of Diamond Drive and Sycamore Street.

  • On the Docket 1-8-16

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

    Zachary Hunt was found guilty through Citepay of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Michael Brazfield was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for discharging firearms and having projectiles. Defendant must pay $165 in court costs. Sentence deferred until March 5.
    Dec. 7
    Angel Tirado was found guilty through Citepay of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.
     
    Julie Gallegos was found guilty through Citepay of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

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

    Richard Lopez was found guilty through Citepay of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Snow touches down in LA