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  • Today In History, Aug. 21
  • Former lab worker sentenced for Atomic Energy violations

     The Justice Department today announced that a former contract employee at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) was sentenced this morning for conspiring to violate the Atomic Energy Act by communicating classified nuclear weapons data to a person believed to be a Venezuelan government official, and making false statements to the FBI.

    Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, 71, of Los Alamos, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William P. Johnson to a year and a day in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release based on a guilty plea entered in June 2013.  Her husband, Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, 79, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Argentina who is also a former LANL employee, also entered a guilty plea in June 2013, and is in federal custody pending his sentencing hearing.

  • Update 08-20-14

    Farmers Market

    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. This week there will be information about free check ups from the Los Alamos Medical Center and recycling. Knife sharpening will also be available from Jim Howards Sharpening Services.

    Blood Drive

    A blood drive will be held Aug. 21 and Aug. 22 at the First Baptist Church on Diamond Drive. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 21 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 22. To sign up, call United Blood Services at 877-UBS-HERO or 505 246-1457.

    GOP meeting

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the UNM-LA Wallace Hall, Room 505. The program will be a forum on the proposed charter change to restructure county utilities. Advocates both for and against will present their cases and respond to questions. A regular business meeting will follow. The public is welcome. For more information, call Robert Gibson, 662-3159.

    Robots

    Robotics Night. 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Bradbury Science Museum. Features robots of all sizes and uses like Bomb Squad and Hazmat robots, sumobots, Legobots and more. For more information visit lanl.gov/museum. 

  • Council OKs fiber meet points contract

    On Friday, the Los Alamos County council approved a $250,000 contract with REDI Net for the purpose of developing fiber meet points in business districts.
    Under the terms of the contract, REDI Net has committed to design, engineer and construct a minimum of four meet points in the downtown areas of Los Alamos and White Rock.
    “REDI Net has a history of installing a variety of the parts of this system, and we felt they would be the most appropriate and skilled entity to initiate this implementation,” said County Administrator Harry Burgess.
    The meet points will be determined by the economic development potential and potential customers to be served. Location and budget for the meet points will be determined through agreement between count staff and REDI Net.
    Phase one — a meet point in White Rock — is to be completed within three months.
    Phase two will provide meet points to the Central Park Square business district and other locations to be determined.
    Council earmarked money for the project from economic development funds during budget hearings in April.
    Councilor Pete Sheehey questioned why only the contract specified a minimum of only four meet points, believing that during a work session, staff had given a rough estimate of $20,000 to $25,000 per meet point.

  • Today in history Aug. 20
  • LA man dies in single-car accident off N.M. 4

    A 39-year-old Los Alamos man died in a single-car crash Monday night off of N.M. 4 near mile marker 49.
    At 10:46 p.m., Los Alamos Police Department officers were dispatched to the scene. Also dispatched were the Los Alamos Fire Department and the Bandelier National Monument park rangers.
    Upon arrival, officers located a newer model sedan at the bottom of the mountain. The driver and only occupant, Trent Johnson, 39, of Los Alamos, was pronounced dead at the scene.
    “This is a very tragic event and investigators along with the Office of the Medical Investigator are working together to determine the cause of this crash. We want to urge drivers to use caution when traveling to and from the Jemez Mountains due to heavy damage to a portion of the guardrail. The New Mexico State Highway Department is on scene evaluating the situation but it may take some time before the guardrail is repaired,” Commander Preston Ballew said.
    Johnson was an employee at Los Alamos National Bank.

  • Indicted sheriff back on the job

    ESPAÑOLA (AP) — A northern New Mexico sheriff indicted for conspiring to violate a motorist’s civil rights and falsifying arrest documents is back on the job.
    Rio Arriba County Manager Tomas Campos said Monday the county’s sheriff, Thomas Rodella, is refusing to step down despite the federal indictment and his arrest by FBI agents.
    And Rodella’s lawyer, Robert Gorence, says the sheriff doesn’t plan to resign because it would give the impression he did something wrong.
    Rodella and his son, Thomas, Jr., were arrested in their Española homes early Friday for their role in a March traffic stop that injured a motorist.
    The indictment says the men engaged “in a high-speed pursuit and unreasonable seizure” of a driver identified only as M.T. Both have pleaded not guilty.
     

  • Briefs 08-19-14

    Council approves contract for fiber meet points

    During Friday’s session, the Los Alamos County council unanimously approved a $250,000 general services contract with REDI Net for the purpose of developing fiber meet points in business districts. The infrastructure will provide access to broadband connections for local businesses and residents. Follow the Los Alamos Monitor for more on this story.
    Council also approved a resolution to place proposed amendments to the county charter regarding the form of county government and the Department of Public Utilities before voters in the general election. The resolution passed 6-0.
    Suzette Fox presented a progress report on the MainStreet Program.
    Chair Geoff Rodgers was not present on Friday.
    Arin McKenna

    Emergency exercise planned Thursday at LANL

    Los Alamos National Laboratory is conducting an emergency preparedness exercise on Thursday. The lab routinely conducts emergency exercises to test the preparedness of emergency response and other LANL personnel who would respond to an actual emergency.
    During the exercise, LANL employees and the public may see emergency response vehicles with their lights running in the area of TA-3. “Exercise in Progress” signs will be placed in affected areas.

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