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  • County, community reacts to clinic cutbacks

    Los Alamos County councilors and Los Alamos Health Council members are anxious to speak with the New Mexico Department of Health about its recent decision to further cut hours and services at the Los Alamos health clinic. 

    Among the changes, the state health department transferred its sexually transmitted disease testing and birth control programs 21 miles away to its Española office.

    Los Alamos County Council has asked for a meeting in a letter it sent in October. 

    “We transmitted a letter and requested a meeting,” Los Alamos County Council Chair Rick Reiss said. “We reiterated that we don’t believe they’re encapsulating our needs correctly. We’ve asked for copies of their incident reports.” 

    Reiss said the health department is not correctly using the data it used to justify the reduction in hours and services. 

    The department based its decision on data it received about the number of times the office is used to counsel Los Alamos teens on unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.   

  • Comp plan tops county’s 2016 accomplishments

    Los Alamos County saw some major accomplishments during 2016, one of them years in the making. Those include a new comprehensive plan, a recreation bond package that will go to voters next year and new resources for economic development. These are some of the year’s highlights.

    New comprehensive plan will guide county’s growth

    As Los Alamos County Council Chair Rick Reiss pointed out when council passed the new comprehensive plan, it has been 29 years since the last comprehensive plan was approved in 1987. In the years since, it had become muddled and unwieldy, encompassing a number of other plans encompassing or drawing on a number of other plans and revisions. Planning for a new comprehensive plan was well underway in 2004 when the Cerro Grande fire derailed that effort. 

    Members of the public pushed back when P and Z proposed basing the new comprehensive plan on council’s strategic goals with little public input. They argued that the plan should be based on the community’s vision and urged the commission to conduct extensive public outreach similar to that used in developing the 1987 plan. 

  • In from the cold

    Shoppers at the Dec. 22 Los Alamos Farmer’s Market at Fuller Lodge checked out the fresh, hot apple cider before heading in for more shopping.

  • DOE secures waste route through Nambé

     The Department of Energy announced Dec. 21 a $250,000, renewal of a five-year agreement with the Nambé Pueblo that will allow the DOE to transport radioactive waste through its lands to the DOE’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant for treatment in Carlsbad. 

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    The $250,000 agreement will fund training and technical assistance to the pueblo’s emergency responders to ensure the waste, which will include transuranic waste from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, gets to WIPP without incident.  

    The training will include how to plan and train for emergency events, transportation monitoring, equipment, supplies and increasing public awareness activities. 

  • Today in history Dec. 27
  • Daughter: Actress and author Carrie Fisher dies at age 60

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Carrie Fisher, who found enduring fame as Princess Leia in the original "Star Wars," has died. She was 60.

    Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, released a statement through her spokesman saying Fisher died Tuesday morning in Los Angeles.

    "It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning," read the statement from publicist Simon Halls. "She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly."

    Fisher had been hospitalized since Friday when she suffered a medical emergency on board a flight to Los Angeles.

    She made her feature film debut opposite Warren Beatty in the 1975 hit "Shampoo." Fisher also appeared in "Austin Powers," ''The Blues Brothers," ''Charlie's Angels," ''Hannah and Her Sisters," ''Scream 3" and "When Harry Met Sally ..."

  • On the Docket 12-25-16

    Dec. 1
    Dustin H. Taylor was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor. Defendant was fined $500 and must also pay $290 in court costs. Defendant was also sentenced to community service, DWI School and substance abuse assessment.

    Calob Hinkle was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of not having a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $50.

    Deepa Nadiga pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to having animals with menacing behavior and having animals at large. Defendant must pay $120 in court costs. Sentence deferred until Feb. 28.

    Manuel Soliz pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit and failing to appear in court. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $130 in court costs. Sentencing deferred until Jan. 29. Defendant must also attend defensive driving school.

    Robert Lopez was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 16 to 20 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Police Beat 12-25-16

    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.

    Dec. 1
    10:38 a.m. — Samuel Nasise, 47, of Los Alamos was arrested for driving a vehicle while under the influence of a drug in the 1000 block of Trinity Drive.

    11:59 a.m. — Garrett Eckhart, 35, of Los Alamos was arrested for shoplifting (less than $500) at the intersection of 44th Street and Urban Street.

    3 p.m. — Samuel Nasise, 47, of Los Alamos was arrested on a district court warrant in the 400 block of Manhattan Loop.

    Dec. 2
    2:45 a.m. — Christopher Begay, 22, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police station.

    Dec. 4
    1:19 a.m. — Michael Brazfield, 46, of Los Alamos was arrested for discharging firearms at Primrose Lane.

    Dec. 5
    5:35 p.m. — Police reported that a 34-year-old Santa Fe woman was the victim of an accident with no injuries at Diamond Drive.

    Dec. 6

  • Panel of principals revisits homework issue

    A panel of experts is working on helping middle and high school students work smarter, not harder when it comes to homework. A group of principals from Los Alamos Middle School and High School made a presentation to the Los Alamos School Board about the issue. Their idea is to lessen the burden on students while making sure they grasp the material they’re studying at the same time.
    So far, the group has put in some “safety nets” for kids who are already struggling with homework. They plan to include online resources that go into time management and organization. In January, they will be asking teachers to talk to their students about other strategies to deal with homework.
    “We want to have the teachers talk to the students about making sure that they have a ‘homework buddy,’ homework group member Renee Dunwoody said. “That they have somebody in the class that they know they can talk to.”
    That “buddy” would then help them when they miss out on the homework assignment and get off track. They are also urging teachers to open up lines of communication with students.

  • Work at nuke dump to resume

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Energy Department on Friday authorized its contractor to resume the disposal of radioactive waste at an underground repository in southern New Mexico, setting the stage for the first barrel of waste to be taken below ground since a radiation release forced the facility’s closure nearly three years ago.
    Agency officials said the approval confirms that numerous corrective actions identified during a recent review have been completed.
    A team of Energy Department experts from around the nation found paperwork and documentation issues that needed to be fixed. The team also found procedural inadequacies regarding new requirements for accepting waste from national laboratories and other defense sites around the country.
    The department called the authorization a major milestone.
    “Safety has and will continue to be our number one priority,” department spokeswoman Bridget Bartol said, noting that workers at the site will complete minor maintenance on the walls and floors of the underground disposal area before waste-handling work resumes.
    The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has been closed since February 2014 when a radiation release contaminated a significant portion of the repository, where disposal rooms are carved out of a thick salt formation deep underground.