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  • NNMCAB OKs recommendations


    The Northern New Mexico Citizens' Advisory Board approved three of four draft recommendations at its meeting last week in Pojoaque.

    According to NNMCAB spokesman William Alexander, recommendations that passed were: 

    • Evaluation of storage options for legacy waste that could result from expansion of the WIPP disposal mission;

    • Budget that is related to technology research and development for site clean-up; and

    • EM-SAAB recommendation that DOE place more emphasis and priority on evaluation of technologies that could make recycling excess materials cost effective.

    The NNMCAB also drafted and approved a recommendation regarding the 33 Shafts that are located at LANL, requesting that DOE address the permanent disposition of the 33 Shafts at Material Disposal Area G.

    During the public comment period, the NNMCAB heard comments from Jeanne Green on the PF-4 facility, Green provided the board with a memo from the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board from Nov. 23, 2012. Green asked that the board look into providing a recommendation on the PF-4 Facility.

  • LAMC gains accreditation from Joint Commission


    Los Alamos Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes (name of organization)’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

    Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in October of 2012. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated LAMC for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

    "In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Los Alamos Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," says Mark Pelletier, R.N., M.S., executive director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend (organization) for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

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  • Update 02-06-13

    Movie premier

    The premier of Los Alamos resident Samantha Filer’s films, “The Sword of Arundel,” will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr. The show is free.

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

    Sierra Club

    Mariel Nanasi, executive director of New Energy Economy, will speak on “Securing a future without coal in New Mexico,” at the LASE/Sierra Club meeting at 7 p.m. today in media room 203, building two at UNM-LA.

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    'Topper Revue

    ’Topper Revue will be at 7 p.m. Friday. The performance includes 16 acts, ranging from dance and song to a variety of skits and comedy. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth, available at the door.

    Free Film Series

     Mesa Public Library presents the Free Film Series, featuring “Rear Window,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. 

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  • Hall unseats incumbent for UNM-LA board

    Challenger Michelle K. Hall won the lone contested seat for a spot on the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Advisory Board, beating out incumbent Ron Dolin, who has been on the board since 2009.

    According to County Clerk Sharon Stover, the unofficial results were 251-44.

    When reached at home, Dolin said that he did not have any statement to share with the public at the moment.

    UNM-LA candidate Micheline Devaurs, who went unchallenged, received 243 votes and John Hoffman, who received 234 votes, will replace Nelson.

    The other members of the board, Chair Stephen T. Boerigter and Secretary Linda Hull, do not come up for re-election until 2015.

    Hall was reached at the county clerk’s office shortly after the election results came in to the office Tuesday evening.

    She was glad to see so many people came out to vote in the election.

    “I’m thrilled to see that there was a strong showing of voters and support for UNM-LA overall. That’s a big plus,” Hall said. “I’m also honored to represent our community and to help UNM-LA through these next few years.”

    Hall will take office at the advisory board’s next meeting, March 11.

  • Police, FBI investigating suspected robbery at LANB in WR

    The FBI and Los Alamos Police Department are looking for a woman who robbed Los Alamos National Bank, 77 Rover Blvd., in White Rock this afternoon.

    The suspect is described as a Hispanic or Native American female in her late 20s or early 30s, approximately 5-feet-4 and weighing about 150 pounds.

    She may have a scar or tattoo below her left eye.

    The suspect wore a black jacket over a black hoodie and a gray hoodie. She also had on winter gloves. Frank Fisher from the FBI public affairs office in Albuquerque said no weapon was seen during the robbery.

    Witnesses say the suspect entered the bank shortly before 1:30 p.m. and demanded money from a teller.

    The teller gave an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect, who put the money in a plastic grocery bag and left the bank.

    Anyone with information about this bank robbery is asked to call the Albuquerque FBI Office at (505) 889-1300 (24 hours) or LAPD, (505) 662-8222.

    Bank robbery is punishable by a 20-year prison sentence for each offense, and the penalty increases if a dangerous weapon is used in the commission of the crime.

    LAPD was first on the scene and then the FBI was called in.

  • Briefs 02-05-13

    Authorities find fugitive hiding in Roswell home

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Authorities say a man described as New Mexico’s most wanted violent gang offender has been apprehended in Roswell.
    The Marshals Service says Jeremy Conde was found in a hiding space in the kitchen of a Roswell home after authorities received a tip Sunday.
    The service says Conde is on federal probation for being a felon in possession of a firearm and carjacking.

    Kirtland nuclear command changes Thursday

    ALBUQUERQUE — The command of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force Base is changing hands.
    The Air Force says Brig. Gen. Sandra Finan on Thursday will assume command of the center from Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak during a ceremony on the base.
    Finan entered the Air National Guard in 1982 as an enlisted cryptographic equipment repair specialist. She received her commission by graduating from office training school.
    She most recently served as a top official for a Department of Energy program that stores and secures nuclear weapons.
    Harencak is being reassigned to the Pentagon to serve as an assistant chief of staff for the Air Force.
    Finan has been nominated for promotion to major general.

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