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  • Making It Official

    Michael DiRosa is sworn into the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Advisory Board Monday night by Los Alamos Municipal Court judge Alan Kirk.

  • Update 3-12-15

    APP board

    There will be a special meeting of the Arts In Public Places Board. The meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Municipal Building. Discussion will include the sculpture “Solar Tree.”

    "Mister Roberts"

    The play “Mister Roberts” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Los Alamos Little Theater. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors/students.

    Turkey hunt

    The Valles Caldera Trust will hold a lottery for the chance for sportsmen to hunt Merriam turkeys on Valles Caldera National Preserve land. Those wanting to enter the lottery may do so until March 31. The hunts will be May 2-4 and May 8-10. Each applicant will be limited to one ticket per hunt. Lottery chances can be purchased for $10 each online through the VCNP website. vallescaldera.gov.

    BPU

    A meeting of the Board of Public Utilities will be Wednesday. The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers.

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will have a work session in White Rock March 24. The meeting will be at the White Rock Fire Station starting at 7:30 p.m.

    Warm Water Weekend

    The next Warm Water Weekend is scheduled for March 21-22 at the Larry R. Walkup Center. The event will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 21 and 1-5 p.m. March 22.

  • Pi Day festivities set for Saturday

    Pi Day returns Saturday and the Bradbury Science Museum will be celebrating, along with next door neighbor Time Out Pizzeria.
    Pi is the mathematical constant representing the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, which is roughly equivalent to 3.14 and which is why it’s celebrated on March 14 (3-14).
    Those interested in learning about Pi Day can find out more by visiting Bradbury Science Museum and celebrating Pi Day. Events include talks beginning at noon by LANL mathematicians Sara Del Valle, Carrie Manore and Kyle Hickmann at Time Out Pizzeria.
    For Saturday’s celebration, Time Out Pizzeria is offering a one-topping personal pan pizza pie for $3.14 all day at both its Los Alamos and White Rock locations.
    Also Saturday, LANL scientists and Bradbury Science Museum scientist ambassadors will give presentations. Nicole Jeffery will talk about sea ice, Chuck Mielke will talk about magnets and Teri Roberts will talk about the science of computer software and hardware.
    The museum’s Scientist in the Spotlight program occurs the second Saturday of every month from 11 a.m.-1p.m.
    Additionally, the FIRST LEGO League team comprised of Los Alamos Girl Scouts will demonstrate robots team members have built and show museum visitors how to design, build and program robots.

  • Marines killed in chopper crash

    NAVARRE, Florida (AP) — The Louisiana National Guard says the bodies of two soldiers have been recovered from a helicopter wreck off the Florida coast.
    A news release from the Guard on Thursday said the bodies of two others are believed to still be inside the wreckage.
    The release says officials cannot confirm the other two soldiers are inside until a salvage crew is able to recover the aircraft.
    Divers found the Black Hawk helicopter that crashed amid dense fog during a Florida training mission, killing 11 Marines and soldiers. But continuing bad weather Thursday prevented the recovery of the flight recorder from wreckage 25 feet deep.
    The Guard soldiers were based in Hammond, Louisiana. They have not yet been identified.
    Divers found the Black Hawk helicopter that crashed amid dense fog during a Florida training mission, killing 11 Marines and soldiers, but continuing bad weather Thursday prevented the recovery of the flight recorder from wreckage 25 feet deep.
    The military’s response officially changed from search-and-rescue to search-and-recovery after divers inspected the aircraft’s shattered core, Col. Monte Cannon, vice-commander of the 96th Test Wing, said at Eglin Air Force Base.

  • State Briefs 3-12-15

    Carlsbad approves resolution addressing nuke dump fines

    CARLSBAD (AP) — Carlsbad officials have approved a resolution that makes several recommendations to state and federal officials as they fight over fines stemming from the radiation leak at the federal government’s nuclear waste dump in southern New Mexico.
    Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway’s nuclear taskforce announced Wednesday that the city has signed off on the resolution.
    A similar resolution is being considered by Eddy County officials and the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.
    The resolution describes the negotiations between the U.S. Energy Department and the state Environment Department over more than $54 million in fines as “deadlocked.”
    Officials also said they’re concerned about the DOE’s position that the fines would have to be paid out of the budgets of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Organizers of New Mexico cycling race obtain financing

  • New Future Energy Resources Committee Is Up and Running

    The Board of Public Utilities’ Future Energy Resources Committee (FERC) held its second meeting Tuesday and the committee appears to be energetically tackling their mandate, which is to “examine and recommend a definition of carbon neutrality for the county, study and recommend future renewable energy generation resources and study and recommend policy toward distributed generation in the committee.”
    At Tuesday’s meeting, Department of Public Utilities Deputy Utility Manager-Electric Production Steve Cummins reported on the current status of the county’s electrical distribution system and some steps DPU is taking to increase the integration of renewables.
    One of the major issues DPU is facing is the retirement of the San Juan Generating Station.
    “Our present decision is that we’re going to stay in San Juan as long as we meet the permit and it’s economically feasible, but in no case we’re going beyond 2028,” Cummins said. “We may be off in 2022 when our current contract expires.”
    Not only does that necessitate planning for a replacement power source — something FERC will make recommendations on — it creates other challenges as well, such as how that affects the bond for installing selective non-catalytic reduction technology to meet EPA requirements.

  • Today in history March 12
  • Single-car accident on Main Hill

    There was a single-car crash on N.M. 502 Thursday morning that slowed traffic.
    There were no injuries reported in the crash and crews were on-hand for traffic control as the road went down to a single lane until the wreckage was cleared.

  • Empty Bowls Project

    The community gathered Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center for the Empty Bowls sale and to enjoy some soup, along with some music by the Craig Martin Experience. The bowls are handmade by members of the community throughout the year. Proceeds benefit Self Help, Inc.

  • Update 3-11-15

    GOP women

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will have its regular monthly meeting Thursday from noon-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Church of Christ. The public is invited to attend.

    Art show

    Los Alamos Public Schools and Mesa Public Library is hosting a Student Art Show. The show is daily from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. in the library’s upstairs rotunda.

    APP board

    There will be a special meeting of the Arts In Public Places Board. The meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Municipal Building.

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will have a work session in White Rock March 24. The meeting will be at the White Rock Fire Station starting at 7:30 p.m.

    Farmers Market

    The Winter Farmers Market is set for Thursday. The market runs from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.

    Warm Water

    The next Warm Water Weekend is scheduled for March 21-22 at the Larry R. Walkup Center. The event will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 21 and 1-5 p.m. March 22.