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  • University of Texas explores bid to manage nuclear lab

    LOS ALAMOS (AP) — The University of Texas is among the educational and business institutions considering bids to manage Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The university system's regents recently approved spending up to $4.5 million to prepare a bid to run the northern New Mexico facility.

    The birthplace of the atomic bomb and still one of the nation's premier nuclear research facilities, the lab has struggled in recent years with a string of safety lapses involving the handling of plutonium and radioactive waste.

    The current multibillion-dollar management contract expires in 2018. It was first announced in late 2015 that Los Alamos National Security LLC would be losing the contract since it failed to earn high performance reviews.

    Los Alamos National Security's partners include the University of California and Bechtel National Inc. Both entities have expressed interest in bidding for the new contract.

  • LAPS board to consider undocumented immigrant protocol resolution Tuesday

    School officials would be instructed to not keep copies of birth records or other data that may indicate students are from another country – here with a visa or undocumented – according to a resolution to be considered Tuesday by the Los Alamos School Board.

    School staff, teachers, administrators and third-party contractors also would be expected to not report any students who are undocumented to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, according to the proposed resolution.

    The board meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at its Board Room in the school district’s administrative offices at 2075 Trinity Drive.

    The board also will consider increased cost estimates based on design and site planning for the renovation of Barranca Elementary. Estimates for renovation at the high school’s field buildings will also be considered.

    Also on tap is a preliminary discussion on changing start times at the high school and middle school to help students get more sleep. The discussion is expected to include several days of meetings with parents, students, staff and teachers. Release of public information, including a research document from the public policy group New Mexico First, begins on Tuesday.

  • Road striping starts Wednesday

     Los Alamos County’s Traffic and Streets Division, along with San Bar Construction, will be striping roadways throughout the county beginning Wednesday.

    Striping work will start on Diamond Drive and proceed to side streets, according to a release sent Monday by San Bar Construction.

    Work is not scheduled to take place during morning or evening commutes.

    According to San Bar, the work should be completed by Friday, barring inclement weather.

    San Bar asks motorists to be careful around the striping activity and to follow all traffic control signs and cones, as well as to avoid driving on freshly-painted lines.

  • Trump administration to terminate Obama's climate plan

    By ADAM BEAM and MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press

    HAZARD, Ky. (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that he will sign a new rule overriding the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

    "The war on coal is over," EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt declared in the coal mining state of Kentucky. He said no federal agency "should ever use its authority" to "declare war on any sector of our economy."

    For Pruitt, getting rid of the Clean Power Plan will mark the culmination of a long fight he began as the elected attorney general of Oklahoma. Pruitt was among about two-dozen attorney generals who sued to stop President Barack Obama's push to limit carbon emissions.

    Closely tied to the oil and gas industry in his home state, Pruitt rejects the consensus of scientists that man-man emissions from burning fossil fuels are the primary driver of global climate change.

    President Donald Trump, who appointed Pruitt and shares his skepticism of established climate science, promised to kill the Clean Power Plan during the 2016 campaign as part of his broader pledge to revive the nation's struggling coal mines.

  • Jail Report 10-1-17

    Detained at the Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center Sept. 20 through Sept. 26, 2017.

    Gerald Espinoza, 35, of Española was arrested on a magistrate warrant and then released Sept. 20 on a $500 bond from the Los Alamos County Detention Center.

    Robert W. Abeyta, 32, of Ohkay Owingeh, was arrested on a charge of driving while his license was suspended or revoked and then released Sept. 22.

    Michael Anthony Duran, 30, of Española, was arrested Sept. 22, on two magistrate bench warrants. He was later released from the detention center on bond amounts of $500 for each warrant.

    Christopher Lee Martinez, 19, Tierra Amarilla, was arrested on Sept. 22 on a charge of disorderly conduct including profane, loud and boisterous behavior, and a charge of criminal damage to property in the amount of greater than $1,000. The arrest occurred on State Road 531. Martinez was later released from jail.

  • Police Beat 10-1-17

    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, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Sept. 13
    9:13 a.m. – LAPD took a report of a possible stolen purse.
    1 p.m. – LAPD Bomb Squad investigated a suspicious package at Omega Bridge.
    7 p.m. LAPD cited a dog owner alleging the person’s dog had bitten someone. The dog was quarantined at the shelter.
    Sept. 14
    Noon – LAPD was called to take a report of someone carrying a knife on school premises at Los Alamos High School. The case was referred to JPPO.
    3:19 a.m. – An employee at Pajarito Brew Pub reported that their bicycle had been stolen from outside the business.
    4:28 p.m. – LAPD found a pipe near a school in regards to providing more information in a case.
    11:19 p.m. – LAPD were called to a home in White Rock in regards to a report of domestic violence. No charges were filed.
    Midnight – LAPD cited someone for a dog bite.
    Sept. 15
    7:11 p.m. – LAPD arrested someone on a charge of driving under the influence.

  • Cybersecurity training academy offered to veterans in Colorado

    Veterans have a chance to enter a cybersecurity training academy in Colorado Springs later this fall.
    If accepted, the program is free to them.

    The SANS Institute VetSuccess Immersion Academy is offering applications to its program in collaboration with a sponsorship from the Daniels Fund and USO Colorado Springs.

    However, the deadline for application is rapidly approaching. The deadline is Oct. 10.

    SANS, which has provided cybersecurity training for employees of several governmental and private entities, opened its academy for veterans in 2015, initially providing training for about 30 individuals, said Max Shuftan of SANS.

    In 2016, the number doubled, and in 2017 more than 80 entered the program, he said.

    The idea behind the academy is to find people with an “attitude to succeed,” Shuftan said.

    Those interested in applying for the program should keep in mind that the deadline for application is Oct. 10.

    Following review, those accepted will begin Nov. 6 in Colorado Springs. While much of the training is online, about six days of the three- to four-month training is in Colorado Springs.

    Helping veterans find an entry point to an in-demand career with some salaries at $80,000, is an important aspect of the program, said Shuftan.

  • Trinity Drive at Diamond Lane to close Saturday for concrete work

    Los Alamos County will close Trinity Drive at the intersection of Diamond Drive beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday to replace a concrete curb.
    The work is expected to be completed at 4 p.m. Saturday.
    The work will require the closure of one of the two westbound left turn lanes on Trinity Drive to Diamond Drive.  
    The eastbound through lane on Trinity Drive immediately east of Diamond Drive will be closed for about 200 feet, requiring the closure of the South bound Diamond left turn lane.  
    All traffic will be detoured to Canyon Road. Motorists are advised to follow all advanced warning and detour signs.

  • New Mexico Wildlife Center to host open house
  • Storm brings LA needed rainfall

    If the local forecast is any indication, the clouds that have covered the Jemez Mountains for the last couple of weeks will soon be lifting, clearing the way for a beautiful fall weekend.

    However, Monday, Columbus Day, may see clouds and showers.

    For the past two weeks, Los Alamos County was pummelled with rain, which the county badly needed, according to Los Alamos National Laboratory Meteorologist David Bruggeman. 

    Until Sept. 26, the county was looking at rainfall well below the norm. It took last week of September to make things right.

    “Because of that last week, we received double the monthly average within that week,” Bruggeman said.

    The monthly average is two inches, the county received about four inches within that week.

    The heavy rains in the past few days brought almost half the average rainfall for the month to Los Alamos.

    For the opening week of October, the county received .63 inches. The October average is about 1.5 inches.

    According to Bruggeman, the rains will have tapered off by last night, leaving the skies clear through Monday.

    “Friday, Saturday, Sunday is definitely looking like it’s going to be clear,” Bruggeman said.

    Temperatures Friday through Monday will be in the mid 60s