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  • UNM-LA hires Hurley as asst. dean

    University of New Mexico-Los Alamos has hired Sharon Hurley as the associate dean of instruction.
    Hurley came to UNM-LA as an accounting and economics professor in 2003. She has served as the department chair of Business, Computer Science, and Information Technology since 2014.
    As associate dean of instruction, Hurley will assist the Interim Dean of Instruction, Kay Willerton, in the oversight of course scheduling, curriculum development, faculty hiring and supervision, budget development, fiscal monitoring, and other related administrative activities. She will also work closely with high school Dual Credit programs.
    Hurley has a Ph.D. in accounting, with a minor in economics, from Texas A&M University. She is licensed as a CPA in Colorado and New Mexico. Hurley first developed an interest in accounting when watching her mom do the bookkeeping for the family business. She attended Brigham Young University in Utah where she earned her undergraduate degree and then attended the University of North Florida for her master’s degree in accounting.
    Hurley’s academic career began at BYU where she served as a tenure track professor. Ultimately her family moved to Los Alamos, where she taught independent study classes for BYU, volunteered with the local schools, and taught part time for UNM-LA.

  • Does solar power make business sense?

    According to Karen Parmanandam, marketing director for Positive Solar Energy, homeowners, businesses, Los Alamos County and Los Alamos Public Schools could all save money in the long run by installing photovoltaic systems.
    “We’re here to talk about the dollars and sense of solar,” Parmanandam said. “Why does solar make sense, and not just for businesses? I’m talking about governments, for municipalities, for private entities, for nonprofits, for schools and, of course, individuals.”
    Paramanandam presented “A Business Case for Solar” Aug. 24 as part of projectY’s ongoing series of business-related seminars. She stressed how the dropping cost of solar coupled with federal programs can make photovoltaic systems a smart move for business owners.
    According to Parmanandam, solar is on the verge of hitting its “early majority,” when it becomes mainstream due to increased efficiency, better manufacturing, greater ability to meet demand and modernization of the electric grid.

  • Cone Zone Week of Sept. 5

    For more information about these projects, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us. Slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. The below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.
    Public Works
    Canyon Rim Trail
    Construction on the west leg of Canyon Rim Trail continues as crews complete the installation of a large retaining wall and start installation of footings for the pedestrian bridge. The trail remains closed west of Fire Station 6. Clearing and excavating south of DP Rd continues. No traffic delays on NM 502 or DP Rd are anticipated.
    Diamond Drive Crack Sealing
    Crack sealing activities on Diamond Drive continue from the San Ildefonso roundabout south to the Los Alamos Canyon “Omega” bridge.  Activities will be limited to “off-peak” hours whenever possible, from approximately 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, weather permitting. Motorists should expect lane drops and occasional flagging operations.
    Central Avenue Phase 2 Improvements
    Crews will be working daily through the Labor Day holiday weekend to stay on track with project completion.

  • Police Beat 9-4-16

    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.

    Aug. 19
    9:19 p.m. — Steven Shaver, 59, of Albuquerque was arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked license at State Road 4.

    10:29 p.m.— Johnny Lowance, 45, of Los Alamos was arrested for possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) at 37th Street.
    Aug. 20
    9:39 a.m.— Police reported that a 60-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a house burglary at 47th Street.

    4:20 p.m.— Nickolas Gallegos, 39, of Abiquiu was arrested for driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor at East Road.

    Aug. 21
    10:30 p.m.— Shawn Deryke, 46, of Los Alamos was arrested for battery against a household member in the 4000 block of Alabama Avenue.
    Aug. 22
    5:08 p.m.— Police reported that a 17-year-old Los Alamos male was the victim of an accident with injuries at the intersection of 43rd Street and Urban Street.

    Aug. 23

  • Scott gets court date in murder case

    Former Los Alamos resident Stephen Scott, 40, will appear in a Denton County, Texas courtroom Dec. 5 to face charges for the murder of his parents.
    The date was set in the 362nd District Court, in Denton County.
    Stephen Scott, along with his brother Michael Scott and parents, Linda and Marion Scott, were longtime residents of Los Alamos. They lived in the county from the late 1970s until the early 2000s.
    Stephen Scott was arrested after his parents were stabbed to death in their Denton home Jan. 10. It was reported that he allegedly confessed to a 911 dispatcher that he committed the murders.
    A grand jury indicted Stephen Scott Jan. 21.
    Denton police charged Stephen Scott with two counts of capital felony murder.
    Stephen Scott is being held on $250,000 bail in the Denton County jail.
    While in jail, Stephen Scott has been hospitalized for an alleged, self-inflicted head wound.
    His trial is set to begin Dec. 5. The state of Texas has not yet decided whether to seek the death penalty in the case.  
    “We have not filed any kind of formal notice that we are, and that’s something that must happen before we can,” said Denton First District Attorney Jamie Beck told the local media.

  • Creating the ‘Secret City’ app

    When the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) team that developed the “Secret City” app heard I was stuck trying to get into 109 East Palace, they asked if they could meet with me to help me out.
    As Team Leader Travis Burkett and Lead Programmer Jeff Wauson coached me through the ins and outs of using the app, I learned how they went about developing this complex piece of programming.
    The two walked me through unlocking security clearances that let me access the Los Alamos town site, the tech area around Ashley Pond, V-Site and Gun Site and finally the Trinity Site itself. The tour is structured to give the user the experience of being a scientist recruited to the project.
    As Burkett and Wauson coached me through, I learned how they worked with historians at LANL and the Bradbury Science Museum to find photos and historical documents for the project, how they created images for the various sites and some of the challenges that went into the project.
    The app functions like a treasure hunt that leads the user through higher levels of clearance. Users can take either a first-person tour on the ground of go for an aerial view of the sites. They are presented with new objectives after each clearance is passed.
    “All these are just to outline the path we want users to take,” Wauson said.

  • Artists share stories at White Rock pot ceremony

    At Wednesday’s ribbon cutting ceremony for the large replicas of San Ildefonso pottery lining N.M. 4 in White Rock, many of the artists shared deep feelings about what the project meant to them.
    Former Arts in Public Places Board Chair Steve Foltyn, who oversaw the project from start to finish, acknowledged the significance of the project and the artists’ contributions.
    “It’s really only a small piece of the story to call this art. It is indeed art, but it’s art that celebrates other art that dates between 50 and more than 500 years ago…But even more than celebrating ancestral art is the story of the ancestors who are being celebrated, and those are the people who are the original inhabitants of this area.
    “Yet another layer of this story is that the descendants of those original potters played a major role in this project and the creation of these replicas. So there’s a lot more to it than just art.”
    All 10 artists who participated are from the Pueblo of San Ildefonso. They are Johnny Cruz, Karen Fred, Barbara Gonzales, Cavan Gonzales, Becky Martinez, Evone Snowflake Martinez, Frances Martinez, Marvin Martinez, N. Summer Martinez and Eva Moquino.

  • State gets $2.6M to fight opioid addiction

    Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-3) learned Wednesday that New Mexico will receive  $2.6 million in funding to help combat the abuse of legal and illegal opiates in New Mexico.
    “These resources for New Mexico’s efforts to combat the opioid epidemic are welcome news, and every dollar is critical to our work to prevent more lives from being lost to this crisis,” Luján said.
    The $2.6 million in funding is part of a $53 million funding package from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services to combat opioid abuse in 44 states (including New Mexico), four tribes and the District of Columbia.
    For New Mexico, that means about $1 million will be available for the state’s Prevention of Opioid Overdose-Related Death Program, and about $371,000 will be available for the Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs.
    Funding for those two programs are the result of grants from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. The Center for Disease Control provided $953,074 for New Mexico’s Prevention for States Supplement and $279,533 for the state’s Illicit Opioid Program.
    Counselors from Los Alamos drug treatment programs welcomed the funding, saying it will not only help Los Alamos County, but also the northern New Mexico region.

  • School children from kindergarten through eighth grade get free breakfast Wednesday at McDonald’s

    McDonald’s in Los Alamos, in partnership with Dairy MAX, Dairy Producers of New Mexico and Minute Maid, are inviting local students in kindergarten through eighth grades to enjoy a free breakfast from 6-9 a.m. Wednesday.

    The breakfast includes an Egg White Delight McMuffin or Egg McMuffin, apples slices and milk or Minute Maid orange juice or apple juice.

    “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and contributes to students’ learning success,” said Andres Zamora, New Mexico McDonald’s owner/operator.

    Studies have shown the strong connection between a wholesome breakfast and better focus and overall performance in school. Kindergarten-eighth grade students (15 years and under) who receive the free breakfast must be present and accompanied by a parent or guardian. There are no group redemption or substitutions, and the offer is good while supplies last. Guests are encouraged to come inside the restaurant as drive-thru participation is at the discretion of each owner/operator.

    This program is available at McDonald’s across the state except for restaurants in the Las Cruces and Clayton area.

    For nutrition and ingredient information, as well as McDonald’s full line of national menu choices, visit McDonalds.com.

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  • Former New Mexico official to lead oil industry group

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The former head of the New Mexico Environment Department has been appointed to lead an oil and gas industry group that represents producers around the state.

    The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association on Friday announced Ryan Flynn as its new executive director.

    Flynn replaces Steve Henke, who retired after six years with the association. Like Flynn, Henke also was a former government official, having worked in the Bureau of Land Management's field office in Farmington.

    The association's chairman, Cliff Brunson, says Flynn's background in legal and regulatory affairs will be a good fit for the industry as it navigates what he called challenging times.

    Environmental groups voiced concerns about a revolving door between government and industry, but association spokesman Wally Drangmeister said Flynn will honor an agreement that prohibits him from interacting with his former agency.