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  • Today in History for October 10th
  • Senior Washburn reinstated to Los Alamos High School football team

    The "Speech Theatre" at Los Alamos High was the backdrop to a different kind of drama Tuesday night as friends, family and well-wishers showed up at the scheduled school board meeting to show their support for high school senior Grant Washburn. Among the crowd of supporters was Washburn's dad, Gerry, who heads the school district’s human resources department.

    Part of the board's agenda concerned the fate of Washburn's football career. Washburn was suspended from all extracurricular activities, including football, after a voluntary search of his vehicle Aug. 30 produced an empty baggy that subsequently tested for substances consistent with marijuana.

    During the hearing, Washburn told the board that indeed, he left campus without permission to drop a friend off in another part of town. It was implied that it was this friend that left the rolling papers, two cigarette lighters and the empty baggy behind.

    The board patiently heard two hours of testimony over whether to reinstate the star football player, and then took another hour to make its decision.

    When all was said and done, the board decided to reinstate Washburn to the Los Alamos High School football team.

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  • Look for double edition in today's newspaper

    A major equipment failure related to Monday's power interruption on DP Road resulted in an unavoidable delay in printing Tuesday's edition.

    The parts needed to repair a piece of equipment that was damaged after the power outage were shipped out and arrived Wednesday morning. The problem was not discovered until early Tuesday afternoon and by then it was too late to try and print the Tuesday edition at a sister plant in Las Vegas, NM.

    However, the Tuesday edition will print and be delivered with the Wednesday edition.

    The Tuesday e-edition is available on the website. Given the circumstances, the e-edition has been opened and is accessible for both subscribers and non-subscribers.

    We regret this service interruption.

    You may view an electronic version here.

  • Wilson’s son campaigns in LA

    Josh Hone, the son of Republican senate candidate Heather Wilson, was in Los Alamos Friday to campaign for his mother at the Coffee Booth.

  • Power outage hits DP Road

    A water line rupture on DP Road Monday resulted in a power outage affecting 12 businesses there.  Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ Gas, Water and Sewer crews were called out Monday to perform an emergency repair of a water line break, which occurred due to aging pipes.
     During the excavation, a primary electric wire was accidentally contacted and damaged, resulting in partial power to approximately 12 DP Road businesses east of 234 DP Road including, the Los Alamos Monitor. 
    In order for DPU’s electric linemen to safely make repairs, power lines east of 234 DP road were de-energized. Initial reports of the damage were made at 12 noon. DPU’s electric crews de-energized the lines at 1 p.m. and restored power at 4 p.m. after all repairs were made.

  • Update 10-09-12

    Night in Italy
    Tickets are available for “A Night in Italy” fundraiser for Assets in Action. The event takes place Oct. 20 at the Hilltop House Hotel. Tickets are $40 each and proceeds benefit youth development programs. Additional information is available by calling 661-4846 or by email at AssetsInAction.info.

    Parks and Rec

    The Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. The board meets monthly. More information can be obtained by calling 662-8173.

    Elk Festival

    The Valles Caldera will hold its annual event through Oct. 14 with the headquarters at the Visitor Center. Daily festival activities will include elk viewing, elk education booths and various demonstration booths. This event is free and open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 for a work session at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

  • State proposes San Juan Plant option

    Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration has issued a proposed settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency for installing pollution controls at the San Juan Generating Station in northwestern New Mexico.

    In August 2011, the EPA issued the Federal Implementation Plan, which ordered PNM to install select catalytic reduction technology on all four units of the San Juan Generating Station within five years, rejecting PNM’s proposal to install a less expensive technology called selective non-catalytic reduction technology.

    Martinez filed a petition to repeal the FIP in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which is still pending.

    The EPA granted a 90-stay of the FIP in July 2012, and asked the New Mexico Environment Department to lead the effort to bring all stakeholders to the table to discuss alternatives. The NMED solicited proposals from stakeholders (none were submitted) and conducted a series of public meetings for input.

    New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioners Jason Marks and Doug Howe submitted a plan that called for replacing some existing coal units at SJGS with modern natural gas fired technology, utilizing renewable energy sources in the region and installing the less costly SNCR equipment on the plant’s remaining units.

  • Clean energy advocates march on Capitol

    In response to a proposal by the New Mexico Environment Department for reducing emissions from the San Juan Generating Station, a coalition of approximately 200 clean energy advocates marched on the Capitol last week and presented a petition to Gov. Susana Martinez’s office containing approximately 3,000 signatures advocating for renewable energy.

    The coalition includes the New Mexico Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light, Organizers in the Land of Enchantment, Sierra Club, 350.org New Mexico, Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment, McCune Solar Works LLC, Moms for the Environment and New Energy Economy.

    Shrayas Jatkar, organizing representative for the Sierra Club, said the coalition is asking for firm dates for phasing out all four SJGS coal units and replacing them with renewable energy sources and developing a viable economic development plan for the Four Corners region.

    “I see this as a positive step in recognizing that coal no longer makes sense for New Mexico,” Jatkar said about the state’s proposal.

    “However, this doesn’t go far enough. Units three and four are the largest units and emit the most pollutants, and the plan does not incorporate renewable resources.

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