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  • Today in history Dec. 5
  • Crash snarls traffic heading westbound on N.M. 502

     

    Traffic is snarled heading westbound on N.M. 502 Friday morning after a single-car crash near the Totavi Gas Station.

    Traffic is backed up and according to an eyewitness, the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department is on the scene as well as the Los Alamos Fire Department.

    The crash involved one female driver who was heading to school, according to emergency officials. She received medical attention for her injuries and is "doing fine," according to officials.

  • Update 12-04-14

    Exhibit

    The 21st Annual “Creches From Around the World,” exhibition will be from 1-7 p.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1967 18th St., off 15 and Sage Streets. Anyone who like to share Nativity sets may call Jerilynn Christiansen at 662-5073.

    Film

    The Mesa Public Library Film Series. “Bagdad Café,” 6:30 p.m. today in the upstairs meeting room.

    Caldera meeting

    The Valles Caldera Trust Board of Trustees will conduct a public meeting from 6-9 p.m. today in Albuquerque. The meeting will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn ­— Albuquerque Airport, 2601 Yale Blvd. SE.

    Lighting

    County Councilors will host a “Lighting of the Holiday Tree” in the Municipal Building lobby at 5:30 p.m. Saturday as part of Winterfest activities. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the lobby will be open until the holiday lights parade begins at 6 p.m.

    Bazaar

    Children’s Christmas Bazaar. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church’s annual Children’s Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to noon in Kelly Hall.

  • Today in history Dec. 4
  • DOE details cleanup changes at Los Alamos lab

     

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Federal officials plan to issue a temporary contract for nuclear waste cleanup operations at Los Alamos National Laboratory while those responsibilities are shifted away from the National Nuclear Security Administration.

    Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced earlier this year he would pull cleanup operations from the contractor that runs the lab after a barrel of waste packed at Los Alamos leaked and forced the closure of the government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico.

    Agency officials said Wednesday they believe it's appropriate to award the short-term contract to lab manager Los Alamos National Security to avoid any disruption during the interim.

    The Energy Department's Office of Environmental Management will oversee the contract.

    Officials say it could be two years before the agency issues long-term contracts for the work.

  • Update 12-03-14

    Sierra Club

    Sierra Club Open Meeting. 7 p.m. today at UNM-LA, building 200, room 230 lecture hall. Craig Martin Presents: The Los Alamos Open Space System. The public is welcome to hear the plan and contribute ideas.

    Film

    The Mesa Public Library Film Series. “Bagdad Café,” 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs meeting room.

    Caldera meeting

    The Valles Caldera Trust Board of Trustees will conduct a public meeting from 6-9 p.m. Thursday in Albuquerque. The meeting will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn ­— Albuquerque Airport, 2601 Yale Blvd. SE.

    Lighting

    County Councilors will host a “Lighting of the Holiday Tree” in the Municipal Building lobby at 5:30 p.m. Saturday as part of Winterfest activities. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the lobby will be open until the holiday lights parade begins at 6 p.m.

    College Day

    Homeschoolers are invited to attend a Homeschool College Day at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. This free event will take place 1:30–3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Lecture Hall in Building 2 on the UNM-LA campus.

  • No injuries in rollover

    Shortly after a one-vehicle accident westbound on N.M. 4, the car was righted so it could be towed. The driver walked away with no injuries. The unidentified driver got a hug from a well-wisher at the scene.
     

  • Organizers look to create LACF

    Los Alamos is home to many local nonprofits and foundations, each contributing to the community fabric that is Los Alamos. There’s also a group of individuals who are looking to improve on the work they do by uniting them under one foundation. They want to call it the “Los Alamos Community Foundation.”
    The foundation’s steering committee includes community leaders from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, foundations and nonprofits that are based in Los Alamos, and county government. Members include Paul Andrus, Don Cobb, Bill Enloe, Tony Fox, Joanna Gillespie, Nancy Guthrie, Katy Korkos, Ken Milder, Kristy Ortega, Morrie Pongratz, Carole Rutten and David Woodruff.
    The steering committee’s chair is County Councilor David Izraelevitz.
    Though its official founding is perhaps three years, perhaps 10 years off, the LACF’s steering committee is getting the word out now about what they are doing, and why. Last month, Izraelevitz did a presentation before the University of New Mexico- Los Alamos Advisory Board to tell them what it’s all about, and why they’re doing it.

  • NDAA bill includes Valles transition, Manhattan Project park in LA

    Several conservation and energy bills sponsored by U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) are included in the National Defense Authorization Act, which was finalized Tuesday night. The bill is expected to be voted on by the House and Senate before the end of the year.
    The bill includes provisions to designate the Columbine-Hondo as wilderness, transition the Valles Caldera National Preserve to new management to increase public access, and establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Additionally, a measure to extend a pilot program that has helped the Bureau of Land Management streamline the oil and gas drilling permit process while strengthening a review system that helps meet environmental and safety standards was also included in the bill language.
    “This is an exciting step — we’re extremely close to the finish line and being able to protect these beautiful New Mexico landscapes for generations to come,” Udall said. “These bills are vital for our economy. Designating the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness, increasing access to Valles Caldera, and dedicating a Manhattan Project historical park will help expand tourism and create jobs, while renewing the BLM permitting program is critical to energy development in northwestern and southeastern New Mexico. ”

  • Today in history Dec. 3