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  • Today in history April 14
  • Company proposes nuclear waste storage in New Mexico

    HOBBS (AP) — An energy equipment company has taken steps toward opening a long-term storage facility for spent nuclear fuel in southeastern New Mexico.

    Holtec International has submitted a letter of intent to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission about its bid to open a $5 billion Consolidated Interim Storage Facility in Lea County, The News-Sun reported.

    Holtec is proposing a long-term facility that could have a lifespan of 100 years. Company officials have said they anticipate initial licensing for the first 40 years.

    The company's letter to the NRC says it hopes to submit a site-specific license application by the end of November.

    Hobbs Mayor Sam Cobb says the formal notice to the NRC is the latest development in a yearslong process. Cobb is a member of the Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance board, a group of four southeastern New Mexico governments that is selling the 1,000 acres of land in western Lea County and Eddy County that Holtec has its eye on.

    The alliance includes the city of Hobbs, Lea County, Eddy County and the city of Carlsbad.

    The alliance has entered a tentative agreement to sell the land to Holtec that is contingent upon Holtec receiving the NRC license.

  • On the Docket 4-13-16

    March 31
    Nikolat A. Yampolsky pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding one to five miles an hour over the speed limit in a school zone. Defendant was fined $30 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Jeremy A Sauer  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal court of having animals at large. Sentence deferred until April 29. Defendant must pay $60 in court costs.

    John Ferris  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield or stop at a sign and causing an accident. Sentence deferred until May 30. Defendant also sentenced to defensive driving school. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Cody J. Ulibarri pled no contest to headlamps on motor vehicles. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    April 1
    Luke Manzanares  was found guilty of four counts of failing to appear in court and not paying court costs or fees. Defendant was fined $200 and must also pay $284 in court costs

    Larry Bobo paid a $50 fine for failing to display a current, valid registration plate while parked.
    Greg Gonzales was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of three counts of failing to appear, one count of not having proper car insurance and one count of failing  to display a current, valid registration plate.

  • Community Calendar 4-13-17

    Green Hour Hike at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join other families for a kid-centered hike. Free.
    Los Alamos Farmer’s Winter Market from 8 a.m. to noon. At Crossroads Church, 97 E Road.

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women meeting will be at noon in the Patio Room at 1001 Oppenheimer Drive. Special guest speakers are Nora Espinoza, candidate for New Mexico Secretary of State and Yvonne Chicoine, candidate for First Judicial District Attorney.  Anyone is welcome.

    Los Alamos Chamber Business After Hours from 5:30-7 p.m. co-hosted by Farber & Associates, at 1475 Central Avenue, Suite 210. Business after hours is a monthly after-work-hours social that promotes interaction, friendship and identification of business opportunities. Register online http://losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com.

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association meeting at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of the Mesa Public Library. Speaker Dr. Emmanuel (“Manny”) Olona from Albuquerque will present a talk on “Are You Sure You Are Who You Think You Are?” and will be about the essentials of genealogical analysis. The traditional no-host social dinner will convene earlier that same evening at 5:30 p.m. at the China Moon restaurant.

  • Daniels sworn in as Chief Justice

    Justice Charles W. Daniels was sworn in Monday as Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court for a two-year term. He previously served in the position from 2010-2012.
    Daniels was selected for the position by his colleagues on the five-member court. He succeeds Justice Barbara J. Vigil, who had served as Chief Justice since 2014.
    The Chief Justice performs both court and administrative duties. In addition to presiding over Supreme Court hearings and conferences, the Chief Justice serves as the administrative authority over personnel, budgets and general operations of all state courts and acts as an advocate for the judiciary on legislative, budget and other matters.
    Daniels joined the state’s highest court in 2007, after a career of more than three decades as a lawyer with a courtroom practice in both criminal and civil cases. He also had been a faculty member at the University of New Mexico School of Law.
    Daniels was born in Arkansas but grew up in New Mexico. While serving on active duty in the Air Force, he was inspired to pursue a legal career after reading a biography of the famous trial attorney Clarence Darrow. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico in 1969, graduating first in his class, and a Master of Laws from Georgetown Law School in 1971.

  • County gets award for budget

    The Office of Management and Budget for Los Alamos County was notified by the Government Finance Officers Association that it was awarded the “Distinguished Budget Presentation Award” for its FY16 Budget.
    This is the 24th consecutive year the county has received this national award.
    In order to receive the award, the county had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. It must be rated “proficient” in four categories, which contain 14 mandatory criteria within those categories: a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device.
    For budgets beginning in 2015, only 1,491 participants across the United States and Canada received the award.
    “We are honored to once again receive this award of excellence,” said Steven Lynne, deputy county manager and chief financial officer.
    Los Alamos County’s budget also received special recognition for “Outstanding as a Policy Document.”

  • Chief awarded ‘patriotic employer’

    LAPD Police Chief Dino Sgambellone was honored last week to receive the “Patriotic Employer Award” from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Santa Fe Volunteer Committee.
    The award recognized the police chief and Los Alamos County for being a patriotic employer.
    Sgambellone was nominated for the award by LAPD Emergency Manager Beverley Simpson. ANG Brigadier General Juan Griego presented Chief Sgambellone with the award during a special presentation at the Municipal Building.

  • Comprehensive Plan update tonight

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will hear an update on the results of “Round 1” community meetings and surveys on the Comprehensive Plan tonight at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers.
    The public is invited to attend and comment.
    — Staff Report

  • Bank robbery suspects face trial delay

    The trial date for Fidel Naranjo and Kendra Brophy has been postponed. The two face charges for a bank robbery that occurred Dec. 2 in Española.
    Naranjo and Brophy expected to go to trial for the charges April 11.
    U.S. District Court Judge M. Christina Armijo granted a delay motion for the defense after they requested more time for the preparation of their defense.
    Defense said the motion was necessary because prosecutors had produced more discovery documents and the defense had not had time to review and act on them.
    “The United States has produced additional discovery to counsel for Mr. Naranjo and Ms. Brophy. According to the government, the final batch of discovery was mailed to defense counsel… Thus, counsel anticipates receiving the remaining discovery sometime next week,” said Naranjo’s defense attorney, Andras Szantho in court documents. “Even with the exercise of due diligence, counsel cannot complete their review of the remaining discovery, confer with there respective clients and complete all necessary investigation and motions work by the current deadlines.”
    Once those discovery obligations are met, the trial for Naranjo and Brophy is expected to start in late May or early June.

  • Solar Tree ‘planted’ at plaza

    Eric Thelander “planted” his “Solar Tree” on the municipal building plaza Saturday. Thelander won the commission for the municipal building in 2015.
    The 18-foot tree – inspired by fractal geometry – is comprised of stainless steel branches holding plate aluminum leaves with leave patterns ground into them. The branches are polished and coated with graffiti resistant paint.
    Hidden solar panels will provide LED lighting to the tree, causing it to cast a soft light and shadows of itself in the evenings.
    “The ‘Solar Tree’ would communicate to visitors that Los Alamos County is both high tech and in touch with nature and that there is an appreciation of math and science (fractal geometry) and its relationship to the raw creative impulse,” Thelander wrote in his proposal. “The playful nature of this art piece would be tempered by its clean lines and silvery, modern appearance.”