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  • LA CAP incubator for military careers, professional pilots

    This time around, the Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol, Composite Squadron granted not one, but two, Billy Mitchell Awards Monday night. As family and friends applauded, Cadets Zachary Lang, 18, and John Fox, 15, got their officer epaulets pinned to their shoulders by their parents. They also received a uniform pin and a plaque.

    “It’s been a long road and  a long hard challenge, but it pays off in the end, said Fox of his achievement
    Lang remarked that besides discipline, duty and service, sibling rivalry had a little to do with his achievement. He said he really became interested in getting the award when his brother Eric received his not too long ago. 

    “It’s long overdue,” Lang said. 

    Fox joined the Los Alamos CAP in October 2013.

    “Of course we’re very proud, he’s been working hard since he joined in the sixth grade,” Fox’s father John said. “Of all the things he does this is the thing he loves the most. Ever since he was little he’s always had a propensity for flight.”  
    Fox is looking to join the Air Force and then go onto college. Lang will be going into the Navy.

  • County Briefs 6-7-17

    Parks and Rec meeting to be

    The regularly scheduled Parks, Recreation, Open Space Board meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at 1000 Central Ave, Room 110.
    Eric Peterson, Open Space Specialist, will give an update on the Flow Trail Project.

    Summer & Fall Field User Meeting

    The Summer & Fall Field User Meeting has been scheduled for June 28 at the Parks Division Conference Room, located on 101 Camino Entrada Bldg. 5, from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.  
    Bring all schedule requests and a copy of the organization’s Liability of Insurance naming Los Alamos County as additional insured to the meeting.
    Mandatory attendance is required. If you are unable to attend, designate someone in your place. If you have any questions, contact Kim Trujillo at 662-8159. Forms can be obtained on the county web site at lacnm.us.

    No ban on
    fireworks planned this month

    The Los Alamos Fire Department is not planning to request a ban on fireworks this month because of adequate moisture levels, according to city officials Tuesday.
    However, fire officials still urge caution as the county enters fire season. Look for updates in upcoming issues of the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Los Alamos teen remains missing

    Dylan Carman, 16, of Los Alamos, has been missing since Friday.

    He was last seen in Los Alamos and according to Los Alamos Police Department Commander Oliver Morris, “He is a missing person/runaway and he has not returned yet.”

    The family recently moved away from Los Alamos, across the country. According to his father, Chris Carman, Dylan Carman was against the move and wanted to stay in his hometown.

    Dylan Carman was scheduled to board a plane in Albuquerque to meet his father on the East Coast, but never boarded.

    “He is 16, with no resources of his own. Regardless of what anyone says or thinks, I can’t imagine a more dangerous set of circumstances. I know he’s afraid that I’m angry with him for running, but I’m not. I’m only scared of what will become of my son,” said Chris Carman.

    His father mentioned the numerous family members waiting and hoping to see him. He described them as “An entire, loving support system, just waiting for him.”

    Dylan Carman is 6’1”, thin, dark complexion, curly brown hair and brown eyes. According to his father, Dylan Carman is soft-spoken, good natured and humorous.

  • ‘Say yes to the very best’

    Los Alamos High School’s Class of 2017 gathered one last time Saturday morning, bidding adieu to 12 years of hard work, fond memories, classroom friendships, state championships and their favorite teachers.

    One of their principals also returned to urge his students to take advantage of the many opportunities that will come their way.

    Brad Parker, who was many of the students’ principal at Barranca Elementary School and most recently, Los Alamos High School, was one of the speakers. Parker announced his retirement earlier this year.

    The class’s respect and  love for him was evident as honors student Louisa Era May Belian introduced him using all of his nicknames, including,   “Big Kahuna” and “Bad Brad.”

    “Words have power. One of the words you can say that will change your life is ‘yes,’” he said. “I don’t mean ‘yes, I’m happy to do something illegal, immoral or unethical.’ I mean ‘yes, I’m open to a new opportunity, I’m willing to embrace it. It means examine yourself and having the boldness to say no to a lot of good things, and say yes to the very best.

    “And say yes often,” Parker said.

  • Public hearing to focus on Los Alamos lab's plutonium work

    SANTA FE (AP) — Members of an independent federal oversight panel are in New Mexico to discuss the risks associated with ramping up plutonium work at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where past problems have resulted in safety concerns and costly fines.
    The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board has scheduled a public hearing Wednesday evening in Santa Fe. The board advises the president and the U.S. Energy Department.
    Los Alamos last year restarted development of the plutonium cores used to trigger the explosion in nuclear weapons. The U.S. Energy Department wants to ramp up production to 80 pits per year by 2030.
    The board is looking at actions the lab and the National Nuclear Security Administration have taken to minimize risks as well as the adequacy of safety systems for current and future operations.

  • Lightning strikes house on Los Pueblos Road

    By Sarah von Sternberg and Tris DeRoma

    A lightning strike was the apparent cause of a house fire on Los Pueblos Street in Los Alamos Tuesday night.

    Clare Webber was home alone around 7:30 p.m when she heard a loud lightning strike.

    “I screamed it was so loud,” Webber said.

    She started looking around to see where it hit, but found nothing. Her husband Leo later joined her for an evening of TV, when they smelled smoke. They finally located the source and called the police.

    “The house was filling with smoke but we can’t find where it’s coming from,” Webber said. “I was looking out the window, turned around and the ceiling was turning brown above me on the second story.”

    The strike had hit the back side of the tallest roof of their house and caused a ceiling fire. Fire and police got there immediately around 9:30 p.m., shortly after they were called. 

    The crews were able to locate the fire quickly. When they arrived, they found light smoke inside the house, but nothing on the outside. They quickly located the fire in a wall between the upstairs bathroom and hallway area.

  • Testing time for New Mexico students to be reduced

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The time New Mexico students spend taking standardized tests will be further reduced starting next school year and they'll have an additional two weeks of learning thanks to a shorter testing window.
    State Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera announced the changes Tuesday, saying they're in response to feedback received from parents, teachers and school administrators during a statewide listening tour.
    Skandera said to push for the changes, she worked with education officials in several other states that administer the assessments developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC.
    New Mexico officials also expect the results to be available much sooner this year so teachers, schools and parents can begin preparing for the fall.
    The assessments have been the focus of criticism since being adopted in 2015.

  • Atomic City Transit bus avoids collision

    A woman passenger on an Atomic City Transit bus was injured today when the driver was forced to brake suddenly to avoid an accident at 38th Street and Diamond Drive.

    The incident happened at around 10:30 a.m.

    Atomic City Transit bus No. 6 driver Mickey Fry was trying to avoid hitting a grey car crossing Diamond Drive, according to police.

    “The bus was trying to avoid a car accident and a passenger hit her head on a pole,” according to a Los Alamos Police Department officer at the scene.

    The sudden stop caused a passenger inside the bus to hit her head on the pole she was sitting next to and sustained a cut on her forehead. The injured woman, who was in her 40s or 50s, was taken into an ambulance once the emergency vehicles arrived on the scene.

    Los Alamos Fire Department Captain Joe Baca was on the scene and reported, “There were three passengers on the bus,” two of which were uninjured. “She has a laceration right above her eye,” and suspects the injured woman will need sutures.

    After the injured woman was driven away from the intersection and everyone was deemed OK, Fry drove the Atomic City bus to the next stop on Diamond Drive in order to drop off the remaining passengers.

  • Sandoval County Sheriff's Office: 3 hikers found, 1 dead

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Authorities say three hikers stranded in a mountainous area of northwestern New Mexico have been located but that one is dead following what was earlier reported as a medical emergency.
    Sandoval County sheriff's Lt. Keith Elder says no additional information is immediately available on the incident Monday in the area of Mount Taylor, which is located 58 miles (93.3 kilometers) west of Albuquerque.
    Sandoval County Fire Department Fire Chief James Maxon didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
    Capt. Joshua Campos of the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department says its helicopter helped with the operation Monday but that he had no additional information.
    Much of Mount Taylor is in Cibola County but Cibola County Sheriff Tony Mace said the incident occurred in Sandoval County and that his department wasn't involved.

  • Woman crashes glass ceiling in New Mexico Legislature

    SANTA FE (AP) — A woman has ascended to the top of another male-dominated bastion of power in New Mexico's state government — the influential joint finance committee that drafts the state budget.
    Democratic Rep. Patricia Lundstrom of Gallup took the reins Tuesday as chairwoman of the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee, which commands subpoena powers and a staff of 38.
    She's the first female to lead the committee in its 60-year history, as women take leading roles on state finance committees that hold purse strings for vital programs and projects.
    In Texas, Republican state Sen. Jane Nelson in 2015 became the first woman in state history to chair a budget-writing committee. Oklahoma this year has female chairs of the House and Senate appropriations committees for the first time.