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  • Latina Style ranks LANL as one of the best places to work

    Latina Style magazine Monday named the Los Alamos National Laboratory as one of the 50 best places for Latinas to work.

    The magazine based its rankings on companies that have actively provided career opportunities for Latinas, especially when first starting out in the workplace.

    LANL was ranked 43 on the list. Over 800 companies were reviewed. Marriott International was ranked No.1.

    Latina Style congratulated LANL for making major gains since the last survey, for having Latinos on its board of directors, and for having recruitment programs that specifically targeted Latinas for careers at the lab.

    LANL Director Charlie McMillan said the lab’s commitment to Latinas is strong and will continue to grow.

    “This recognition from Latina Style magazine speaks to our commitment to making the Laboratory an employer of choice for Latinas and other women who are considering careers at scientific and technical institutions,” McMillan said. “We are striving to attract a workforce that more closely resembles the nation as a whole. We are honored to receive recognition indicating that we are moving in the right direction, though we will not be fully satisfied until we meet all of our diversity goals."

  • Today in history Aug. 29
  • New Mexico economic development secretary moves on

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela is leaving his Cabinet post to take a job with a nonprofit group that promotes business expansion along the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Gov. Susana Martinez announced the departure Monday in a news release and credited Barela with helping New Mexico diversify its economy and reduce reliance on federal government.

    Barela has been named CEO of Borderplex Alliance. He was appointed as secretary at the outset of the Martinez administration nearly six years ago. He served in government previously an assistant attorney general and an aide to former U.S. Rep. Joe Skeen.

    The Economic Development Department this year has announced a string of business expansions tied to training and infrastructure subsidies, though employment in New Mexico lags behind most of the country.

  • On the Docket 8-28-16

    Adrian Barbero  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Santiago Martinez pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to speeding 16 to 20 miles an hour over the speed limit. Sentencing deferred until Sept. 28. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Amanda R. Martinez pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Sentence deferred until Sept. 13. Other sentence was defensive driving school. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Alfredo Aguilar was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Zandra M. Hall-Chong pled guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court to having animals at large and failing to have rabies tags for them. Sentencing deferred until Sept. 14. Defendant must also pay $120 in court costs.

    Constance L. Gartz was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of failing to stop or yield at a sign. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Police Beat 8-28-16

    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. 17
    12:41 p.m  — Brenden Brown, 26, of Los Alamos was arrested on a district court warrant. The original charge was trafficking in controlled substances at Trinity Drive on Dec. 12, 2014.

    2:54 p.m.  — Police reported that a 34-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a burglary from a vehicle or another structure at La Paloma Drive.

    6:49 p.m. — Police reported that a 28-year-old Santa Fe woman was the victim of the fraudulent taking of a credit card at West Road.

    6:57 p.m.  — Police reported that a 20-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of an accident with no injuries at the intersection of Barranca Road and San Ildefonso Road.
    Aug. 18
    7 a.m.  — Elias Lovato, 45, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the 1600 block of 37th Street.

  • UbiQD receives DOE award

    Founder and President of UbiQD, a Los Alamos high tech startup, announced last week that the company has just been awarded a Small Business Vouchers pilot program grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
    SBV grantees receive vouchers valued at $50,000 to $300,000, which are exchanged for technical assistance from one of the country’s 17 national laboratories.
    The goal is to assist small businesses to deliver solutions that drive the clean energy economy toward greater commercial success.
    UbiQD received the maximum award of $300,000 and is partnered with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). One other New Mexico company, Pajarito Powder, LLC in Albuquerque, was among the 43 recipients in the second round of the pilot program. Thirty-three companies were selected for round one.
    SBV grants are awarded in several categories: advanced manufacturing, bioenergy, buildings, fuel cells, geothermal, solar, vehicles, water power and wind.
    UbiQD’s grant is in the building category, for technology that uses low-toxicity quantum dot window tints and solar cells built into window frames to harvest sunlight for electricity.

  • LA students score high on ACT

    Los Alamos High School students who took the American College Testing college readiness exam received higher scores than the state average this year.
    In 2016, 204 graduating Los Alamos students took the exam, which gauges how well students will do in their freshman year of college. The 204 were among the 13,435 New Mexico students who took the class.
    Los Alamos students’ average overall score was 24.4 while the state average was 19.9. Los Alamos students averaged at 24.1 in English, a 23.3 in mathematics, 25.2 in reading and 24.4 in science. The average for New Mexico was 18.9 in English, 19.5 in mathematics, 20.5 in reading and 20.1 in science.
    The American College Testing organization has established benchmarks for each subject. According to ACT, students that meet or exceed the established benchmarks should be able to master beginning college courses.
    Benchmark scores are: an 18 in the English test for a college English composition class, a 22 in mathematics for a college Algebra class, a 22 in reading for a college social science class, and a 23 in science for a college biology class.

  • Gun safes to be installed at middle, high schools

    At Thursday’s special school board meeting, Police Chief Dino Sgambellone requested the police department be allowed to install a gun safe inside Los Alamos Middle School and the Los Alamos High School.
    Sgambellone said that if an active shooter incident should occur at the schools, he felt it best that his officers have appropriate weaponry on the premises. Too many times he said, valuable time and strategy options are lost if an officer has to go out to his or her car and get what’s needed to stop a shooter.
    The cases will be bolted down and in a secure area, Sgambellone said.
    Only officers will have access to the case, and the cabinet will only be stocked with the appropriate type and number of weapons and equipment needed to counteract a threat to the school.
    When asked about what types of weapons would be stored in the safe, Sgambellone said it would be weapons that are more powerful and effective than the side arms officers normally carry.
    “It will be stocked with shotguns and AR 15s,” said Sgambellone. “The reason for that is, and this isn’t in all cases, but in some layouts of schools a pistol is not an appropriate weapon because of the long hallways. Also, a pistol does not always appropriately counter what is brought to these types of situations.”

  • Henderson withdraws from race

    Los Alamos County Councilor Kristin Henderson, who was seeking reelection this year,  announced on Friday that she is withdrawing from the race.
    “Basically, it’s just a timing thing,” Henderson said. “I have so appreciated being on council, and I have felt since the beginning that it’s an honor to be one of the people making these kind of decisions for the community.”
    Henderson cited wanting more time to spend with her 11- and 14-year-old daughters and to devote to her career as her reasons for withdrawing.
    “For the last four years I’ve worked full time and I’ve had kids at home, and I think I’ve done a good job on council,” Henderson said. “To do that for four years is one thing, but to think about eight years in a row is another.”
    Henderson hastened to add that she did not want to give the impression that the demands of serving on council could only be met by retirees.
    “I don’t want there to be a message of, women can’t do that, because they can,” Henderson said. “I’ve been working full time, kids at home, on council for the last four years, and it was fine….I think the most important thing about being on council is the perspective people have and the outlook they have.”

  • LAHS football downs Pojoaque in season opener

    The Los Alamos football team defeated Pojoaque 63-24 in a physical encounter Friday night at Sullivan Field.

    The Monitor's Wednesday edition will include a full recap of Friday's season opener.