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  • 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.

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  • Garcia Richard pre-files gun bill

    State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-43) will introduce  a bill next week that would require criminal background checks for firearms sellers who are not licensed to sell but are looking to sell or transfer guns to another individual.
    “What they’re trying to do is, if you wanted to go and buy a firearm from your next door neighbor, you would not be able to do that. They would make that illegal,” said White Rock firearms dealer Stanley Hayes. “It should be the same as you wanting to sell your car and you not having to take it to an auto dealer to sell it.”
    The bill would require a licensed firearms dealer to act as a middleman between the buyer and the seller.
    It would also require that the two people involved comply with all state and federal laws, as if a person was buying the gun directly from a firearms dealer.
    With the bill, Garcia Richard is seeking regulate all firearms sales by requiring both parties to submit to criminal background checks as part of the sale.
    Garcia Richard did not return several calls requesting comment Friday. The bill is co-sponsored by State Rep. Miguel Garcia (D-14, Bernalillo), who also did not immediately return a call for comment.
    Hayes thinks the bill would only discourage law-abiding citizens from selling guns to each other.

  • Gov. Martinez will attend inauguration

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez plans to attend the presidential inauguration as campaign-season clashes between the nation's only Latina governor and Donald Trump fade.
    Michael Lonergan, a spokesman for New Mexico's second-term GOP governor, said Friday in an email that Martinez would attend the Jan. 20 inaugural in Washington.
    Martinez was critical of Trump throughout the presidential campaign and never endorsed him, but offered congratulations after his victory. She publicly denounced Trump's remarks about Mexican immigrants, his criticism of a bereaved military family and his lewd talk about women from a leaked 2005 videotape.
    Trump in turn harshly criticized Martinez for her handling of the state's economy at an Albuquerque rally that turned violent.
    Sharp divisions over Trump's election have politicians, celebrities and others debating whether participating in the inauguration is a tribute to democratic traditions or an endorsement of his agenda.
    Lonergan did not respond to questions about who may accompany Martinez, related events the governor might attend and financing of the trip.

  • US energy boss lauds opening of nuke repository

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — It was the determination of workers over nearly three years and pure ingenuity that allowed the nation's only underground repository for low-level nuclear waste to recover from a radiation release, the head of the U.S. Energy Department said.
    Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz told The Associated Press that resuming work at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico means the nation's multibillion-dollar cleanup of waste from decades of bomb-making and nuclear research is one step closer to getting back on track.
    "We are very, very excited about getting at least a resumption of operations," he said during an interview late Sunday. "I do want to caution we will not be at full speed yet for a few years."
    Moniz, Gov. Susana Martinez, members of the state's congressional delegation and others were gathering Monday to mark the reopening of the site.
    The repository was shuttered in February 2014 after a chemical reaction inside a drum of inappropriately packed waste caused the lid to burst, contaminating some of the disposal vaults, corridors and air shafts that make up the facility.
    The facility is carved out of an ancient salt formation about a half-mile below the desert surface, with the idea that eventually the shifting salt will entomb the waste.

  • Domino’s off to a running start

    When Domino’s Los Alamos opened its doors at 5 p.m. Dec. 30, people started pouring in, and it has not stopped since.
    The weekend just kept getting busier and management did not even see the early week drop off they anticipated. By last Thursday afternoon they had hit order number 1,020.
    “We’re still seeing an influx of lots and lots of new people,” said Regional Director of Operations Vincent Alton. “We’ve gotten a really warm welcome from the town. People have been delightful and, honestly, we were delighted but surprised by the amount of business that we have, because we didn’t really advertise. Just word of mouth has gotten us started.”
    “We just unlocked our doors and put up a banner we were open and we just went crazy from there. It was great,” said General Manager Celesta Lasater, who has been pleased to see a lot of repeat customers.
    For those who may not have been in a Domino’s since a previous franchise closed here, Alton notes “This is not your grandma’s Domino’s.”