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  • Today in History for December 14th
  • NM regulators shut down Espanola liquor store

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators have shut down an Espanola bar for serving alcohol to minors.

    The New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department announced Thursday that an agreement was finalized this week in which Fairview Liquor Store and Bar pleaded no contest to two charges of serving alcohol to minors and one charge of selling package liquor after prescribed hours.

    The department says Fairview also paid $11,000 in fines.

    The department says that in 2009, Fairview served alcohol to a minor who allegedly drove drunk and killed a pedestrian. The following year, Fairview was again accused of selling to a minor.

    As part of the agreement, the store is required to sell its liquor license within 45 days or have it permanently revoked by the state.

    The store has been closed since last July.

  • Raw: Shooting on Philadelphia El Train

    Police say a dispute over the 76ers' loss to the Chicago Bulls earlier Wednesday night led to a shooting that wounded two men on board an elevated train in Philadelphia. Police say there were more than two dozen people on the train at the time.

  • Deer crossing

     A deer makes his way across the intersection of 33rd Street and Walnut Tuesday. 


  • Water main break closes one lane on Trinity

     

     

    Eastbound traffic was reduced to one lane on Trinity Drive in the vicinity of 37th Street following a water main break Wednesday.  

    The break was reported Tuesday evening around 8 p.m. In frigid temperatures, gas, water and sewer crews with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities worked through the night and into the early morning to dig up the 12-inch line and complete repairs by 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. No customers lost water service.   

    With the assistance of Los Alamos County’s Roads and Streets division, backfilling and patching the road were completed before for the evening rush hour. Traffic controls were removed at approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday.  

  • County survey results now available

     

    Los Alamos County’s bi-annual citizen survey results are now available for the public to review on the news page of the county’s website at losalamosnm.us and LAMonitor.com. 

    In addition, copies for public review are available at the 311 Customer Care Center located at 150 Central Park Square or at the reference desk of either public library.

    The firm under contract to conduct the county’s survey was CRC and Associates, LLC.  They randomly selected approximately 400 county residents to participate in a 20-minute phone survey or street interview. 

    The survey included a variety of questions about county programs and services, community needs, quality of life, media and information resources, openness and transparency of government, economic development and housing needs. 

  • Hiroshima mayor condemns NNSA test

    The National Nuclear Security Administration announced that Pollux, a subcritical experiment, was successfully conducted last week at its Nevada National Security Site.

    The experiment, conducted by staff from NNSS, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories, gathered scientific data that will provide crucial information to maintain the safety and effectiveness of the nation’s nuclear weapons.

    “Challenging subcritical experiments maintain our capabilities to ensure that we can support a safe, secure and effective stockpile without having to conduct underground testing,”NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino said. “I applaud the work done by the men and women who worked to make this experiment successful. Experiments such as this help deliver President Obama’s nuclear security agenda.”

    According to the news website Xinhua, Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui condemned the United States for conducting a subcritical nuclear test at an underground test site in Nevada.

    As the mayor of the city which suffered the world’s first nuclear bombing in World War II, Matsui said the test is against the global efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons.

  • NMSBA recognizes LANL scientists

     Two Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have been recognized for their efforts to help the development of small businesses in state.

    Harshini Mukundan of the Physical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy group and Mark E. Smith of the Chemical Diagnostics and Engineering group received Principal Investigator Excellence Awards from the New Mexico Small Business Assistance program for assisting several New Mexico small businesses.

    Los Alamos National Security, LLC, the NMSBA and Northern New Mexico Connect sponsored the recognition event.

    Mukundan was recognized for the assistance she provided to small businesses on two separate projects; bovine tuberculosis detection and better diagnostics for traumatic brain injury.

  • Musicians prepare to pay the piper

    The Los Alamos Board of Education recently approved a measure that would allow the schools to charge a rental fee to outside musical groups looking to use instruments from the high school. 

    For $50 a semester, musicians from the Los Alamos Community Winds and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra can rent the high school’s larger instruments for rehearsals, saving musicians the effort of moving their own instruments back and forth to their rehearsal space and other logistical problems. Instruments that fit the category include timpani, bass drums, gongs, xylophones, vibraphones and other percussion instruments.

    According to Kim Lettellier, the school system’s music staff team leader, one reason for the fee is to be fair to the students who are also renting instruments from the school. Students that rent from the district pay $100 during the school year and $50 for the summer. The money goes into a special fund set aside for repairs.

    “It didn’t seem quite fair to me that we expected the students to pay something, but we didn’t expect these outside groups to pay something,” Lettellier said.

  • Luján warns of fiscal cliff impact on labs

    Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District sent a letter to Congressional leaders Wednesday, urging them to resolve the fiscal cliff in a manner that prevents damaging funding cuts to the national laboratories, including Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories.

    In the letter, Luján highlights the important role these labs have played in providing cutting-edge research and innovation for applications ranging from national security to the Mars rover and renewable energy.  

    He expresses his concerns that deep budget cuts due to sequestration will threaten the vitality of the labs and their capability to fulfill their scientific and security missions.

    In addition, Luján announced that he has joined the new House Science and National Labs Caucus as a co-chair, partnering with Reps. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.), Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) and Alan Nunnelle (R-Miss.), who will also co-chair the bipartisan group.