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  • DPU looks at home solar rate structure

    It may seem like an easy thing to plunk a solar panel on your roof and start reaping the benefits: meeting some of your own energy requirements with renewable energy and even selling power back to the Department of Public Utilities.
    But home photovoltaic (PV) systems present challenges to Los Alamos County’s power generation system that are coming to the forefront as more homeowners jump on the bandwagon.
    The Board of Public Utilities is preparing to address the most pressing issue — assessing a fair share of cost for connecting customers with PV systems to the grid–as part of a comprehensive rate-restructuring ordinance under consideration.
    A Cost of Service and Rate Design Study conducted by Leidos recommends that DPU charge customers with solar panels or other renewable energy generators a fixed wires charge, a recommendation that will be incorporated into the ordinance.
    Residential customers with renewable systems would be charged a $10 flat monthly fee starting in January, increasing to $15 in July. Commercials customers, schools and county facilities utilizing PV units would be charged $2.88 per kilowatt of connected photovoltaic (PV).

  • Update 10-11-14

    Farmers Market

    7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Rotary Club

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. Noon Tuesday at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker will be Tony Chan on Travels Along the Silk Road.

    Viewing Party

    The “Manhattan” TV series viewing party and discussion is scheduled for 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    Lecture

    Los Alamos Historical Society Made in New Mexico Lecture Series. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. Technology Transfer at LANL: A 70-year perspective with Dr. David Pesiri. He reviews the laboratory’s history of transitioning world-changing technologies to the private sector.

    Trivia

    History & Science Trivia. 8:30 p.m. Monday at Pajarito Brewpub in recognition of Ada Lovelace Day celebrating women in science. Prizes awarded to top three teams.  

  • Feds close part of Jemez for mouse

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — In the latest dispute over public lands in the West, federal authorities have ordered the closure of parts of Santa Fe National Forest to protect a tiny mouse that recently won protection as an endangered species.
    The U.S. Forest Service ordered last week the immediate closure of four pockets in the Jemez Mountains — including a spot near a campground — to protect the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse.
    “It is prohibited to conduct any activity, go into, or be upon the areas encompassing ‘occupied habitat’ for the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse,” forest supervisor Maria T. Garcia wrote in the closure order
    Violators could have fines up to $5,000.
    Forest Service officials have already closed off other areas this year to prevent damage to the habitat of the mouse under the Endangered Species Act. A proposal by federal wildlife managers also calls for setting aside as critical habitat nearly 200 miles along streams and wetlands in a dozen counties in New Mexico and parts of Arizona.

  • United Way Community Action Fund

    United Way of Northern New Mexico volunteers Ann Hayes and Pat Soran who this year are also co-chairs of UWNNM’s Community Campaign, updates the thermometer on the organization’s campaign to raise funds for the region’s non-profits. So far, they’ve raised $274,661, which is just 25 percent of their goal of $1.1 million. To donate, log onto uwnnm.org for more details.

  • GOP group hosts candidates

    The Los Alamos Republican Women held their October meeting Thursday and hosted many of the 2014 Republican candidates. Candidates in attendance: Abe Dispennette for county assessor, Robert Aragon for state auditor, Rick Lopez for state treasurer, Geoff Rodgers for state house District 43, Bill McKerley for county council, Jaret McDonald for sheriff, Blair Redmond for magistrate judge, John Bliss, Rick Reiss and James Chrobocinski for county council, and Jefferson Byrd for House of Representatives District 3.

  • Udall visits Dems

    Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) was in Los Alamos this week to talk to supporters at the Democratic headquarters in town. Udall was in town to get out the vote and sponsor initiative called: “Women for Udall” and campaign for Stephanie Garcia Richard in the House 43 race. 

  • Wreck snarls evening commute

    The accident that held up rush hour traffic on N.M. 502 Thursday was a bad one, but the injuries were relatively minor, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department.
    While one of the cars was, according to witnesses totaled beyond recognition, the driver and the passenger remained conscious. The driver of the second car apparently was not injured and was able to move their vehicle to the side of the road.
    According to the injured driver, Chassity Pacheco, 21, she was driving at around 50 mph down “The Hill” and talking to her passenger when she hit a puddle in the road. Her car then began to drift left of center toward the concrete center divider. She tried to compensate for the drift by turning the wheel right, and that’s when she lost control of the vehicle.
    Her car immediately turned in a clockwise direction, crossed over into the left lane and crashed into the guardrail. Her car then went counterclockwise and came to a stop facing east. That’s when the driver of the second car rammed the rear of her vehicle.
    Pacheco was cited for careless driving and speeding.
    Her passenger was cited for not wearing her seatbelt.
    Pacheco and her passenger were transported to the Los Alamos Medical Center shortly after Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene.  

  • Update 10-10-14

    Farmers' Market

    7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Rotary Club

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. Noon Tuesday at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker will be Tony Chan on Travels Along the Silk Road.

    Viewing Party

    The “Manhattan” TV series viewing party and discussion is scheduled for 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    Studio Tour

    Los Alamos Artists Studio Tour. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday/ Start at Fuller Lodge to pick up tour brochure, then work your way around Los Alamos and White Rock to visit artists’ studios.

    Web Crew

    The Los Alamos Middle School eighth grade leaders from the Web Crew are inviting all mid-school seventh graders to a game and movie night today. Students are encouraged to bring a snack to share, no nuts and come to the cafeteria from 6-8 p.m. Questions 470-0841.

    Trivia

    History & Science Trivia. 8:30 p.m. Monday at Pajarito Brewpub in recognition of Ada Lovelace Day celebrating women in science. Prizes awarded to top three teams.  

  • Carriers recognized on International Newspaper Carrier Day

    Each year, one day is set aside to recognize the accomplishments of carriers who work hard to get the newspaper in the hands of our readers. The Newspaper Association of America and the newspaper industry have designated Saturday as International Newspaper Carrier Day, a salute to the hundreds of thousands of newspaper carriers who deliver to 133 million print readers throughout the world every week. International Newspaper Carrier Day is held in conjunction with National Newspaper Week, Oct. 5 -11, which is sponsored separately by the Newspaper Association Managers.
    Barney Flaherty was hired as the first paperboy in September 1833 by the New York Sun, according to newspaper lore. Since then, other people have picked up newspaper delivery routes and contributed to the newspaper industry and society. Many former newspaper carriers have achieved great success in business, entertainment, politics, and the press. John Wayne, Warren Buffet, Martin Luther King, Jr., Bob Hope, Ed Sullivan, Willard Scott, J. Edgar Hoover, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Herbert Hoover, and Chief Justice Earl Warren to name just a few.
    At the Los Alamos Monitor, we have 60 routes and contract 32 carriers and drivers who deliver your paper to your door five days a week. At present, we need another eight carriers to complete routes.

  • Rainbow over Central Avenue

    Los Alamos was hit by a torrential thunderstorm that included hail Thursday. But after the storm passed, a rainbow appeared over Central Avenue.