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  • Planner says Los Alamos has 'good bones'

    Whether it is through his work or in his spare time, Dan Osborn believes in giving back to the community. He is looking forward to doing that as associate planner for the Los Alamos Community and Economic Development Department.  

    “It’s always exciting to come into a community and be able to hear what the community wants,” Osborn said. “One of the best parts of being an urban planner is getting to hear and understand how the community sees itself and then working to provide the tools to the community through the planning process to create that community.

    “It’s one of the things that make urban planning so special. It’s why I went into this position. It’s a way to serve and give back and to work with the community to provide what it wants from an urban design standpoint.”

    Osborn started with the county Oct. 15. He brings nine years of experience in the public sector, working his way up from planning tech to planner II for the City of Westminster, Colo., during his eight years there and spending an additional year as planner II for Jefferson County, Colo.

    During his time in Westminster, Osborn helped develop both commercial and residential design guidelines and standards and worked with redevelopment of older parts of the city.

  • Smith set to leave LASO

    Kevin Smith will leave his post as Los Alamos Site Office manager and will become the manager of the Office of River Protection in January, the Department of Energy announced in a release Tuesday.

    The ORP position came open when DOE also announced that Scott Samuelson, manager of the Office of River Protection, will leave EM in January, to return to NNSA, where he previously worked from the date it was formed in 2000.

    “Scott and Kevin are key senior executives in the Department of Energy,” said Undersecretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino. “I have asked Scott and Kevin to take on these new roles in order to align the talent we have with some of our toughest challenges. EM and NNSA have a lot to learn from each other, and Scott and Kevin are well-prepared to help us tackle these issues in the years to come.”

    The moves will become effective Dec. 30.

    Juan Griego, currently deputy manager of LASO, will serve as the acting LASO manager upon Smith’s departure.

  • Paint truck removal underway at Bandelier

    The National Park Service and a construction company began removing the wreckage materials from a vehicle accident resulting in spilled paint within Bandelier’s boundary. 

    Crews began work last Friday and are expected to continue into this week. At this time, staff does not anticipate a road closure during removal operations.

    On the morning of Sept. 18, a tractor trailer rig traveling eastbound on N.M. 4 missed a sharp curve and went off the road, plunging about 200 feet down a steep slope into the monument.

    The truck was carrying about 2,200 gallons of highway striping paint. Spilled paint spread over nearly an acre and is visible from roads and hiking trails in and around Bandelier.

    Crews are now working with a cable and pulley system to remove the vehicle across the slope down to the road at the junction of N.M. 501 and N.M. 4. Bandelier National Monument law enforcement staff and an archeologist are closely monitoring the removal to mitigate any potential impacts to resources. 

    Paint cleanup will be a separate process that will begin in the near future.

  • Correction 11-20-12

    In “Board green lights sewer rate hike” in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor, Deputy Utilities Manager Robert Westervelt’s name was incorrectly spelled “Westerville.”

  • Smith to leave Los Alamos Site Office

    Kevin Smith will be leaving his post as Los Alamos Site Office manager and will become the Manager of the Office of River Protection in January, the Department of Energy announced in a release Tuesday.

    The ORP position came open when DOE also announced that   Scott Samuelson, Manager of the Office of River Protection (ORP), will be leaving EM in January to return to NNSA, where he previously worked from the date it was formed in 2000.

     “Scott and Kevin are key senior executives in the Department of Energy,” said Undersecretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino. “I have asked Scott and Kevin to take on these new roles in order to align the talent we have with some of our toughest challenges. EM and NNSA have a lot to learn from each other, and Scott and Kevin are well-prepared to help us tackle these issues in the years to come.”

    The moves will become effective December 30, 2012. Juan Griego, currently Deputy Manager of LASO, will serve as the Acting LASO Manager upon Smith’s departure.

  • Paint truck removal underway at Bandelier

    The National Park Service and a construction company began removing the wreckage materials from a vehicle accident resulting in spilled paint within Bandelier’s boundary.  Crews began work last Friday and are expected to continue into this week.  At this time, staff does not anticipate a road closure during removal operations.

    On the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 18, a tractor-trailer rig traveling eastbound on New Mexico State Highway 4 missed a sharp curve and went off the road, plunging about 200 feet down a steep slope into the monument.

    The truck was carrying about 2200 gallons of highway striping paint. Spilled paint spread over nearly an acre and is visible from roads and hiking trails in and around Bandelier.

     Crews are now working with a cable and pulley system to remove the vehicle across the slope down to the road at the junction of State Highway 501 and State Highway 4.  Bandelier National Monument law enforcement staff and an archeologist are closely monitoring the removal to mitigate any potential impacts to resources.  Paint cleanup will be a separate process that will begin in the near future.    

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  • 10 things to know for Tuesday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

    1. WHAT THE U.S. BELIEVES IS KEY TO STOPPING GAZA WARFARE

    As a first step, the White House insists that Hamas must cease firing rockets into Israel.

    2. SOJOURNING OBAMA SCOLDS AN AUTOCRAT

    The president delivers his condemnation of Cambodia's Hun Sen in private. Some fear government censors will keep his stern words from reaching the Cambodian people.

    3. A PUSH FOR WIDESPREAD, ROUTINE HIV SCREENING

    All Americans ages 15 to 64 should get an HIV test at least once, a health panel says.

    4. RED STATES, BLUE STATES: THE DIVIDE WIDENS

    In fully half the U.S., the November election created powerful one-party legislatures that can act with no need for compromise.

  • Ind. home explosion now homicide investigation

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities launched a homicide investigation Monday into the house explosion that killed a young couple and left numerous homes uninhabitable in an Indianapolis neighborhood.

    Indianapolis Homeland Security Director Gary Coons made the announcement after meeting with residents of the subdivision where the Nov. 10 blast occurred and shortly after funerals were held for the two victims, who lived next door to the house where investigators believe the explosion originated.

    "We are turning this into a criminal homicide investigation," Coons said, marking the first time investigators have acknowledged a possible criminal element to the case.

    Search warrants have been executed and official are looking for a white van that was seen in the subdivision the day of the blast, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said. Authorities are offering at least a $10,000 reward.

    Curry said the investigation is aimed at "determining if there are individuals who may be responsible for this explosion and fire."