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  • 10 things to know for Wednesday

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

    1. HOPE SEEN FOR AN ISRAEL-HAMAS CEASE-FIRE

    A diplomatic push gains steam but airstrikes and rocket attacks between both sides continues.

    2. DOCTORS GROUP FAVORS OVER-THE-COUNTER BIRTH CONTROL

    Momentum may be building, but no one expects the pill to be sold without a prescription soon.

    3. WHY THE FED CHAIRMAN IS URGING CONGRESS TO AVOID THE 'FISCAL CLIFF'

    Bernanke says solving the crisis would help cut unemployment and strengthen growth.

    4. HOSTESS LIVES TO DIE ANOTHER DAY

    The maker of Twinkies fails to reach deal with second biggest union, so company will continue liquidation plan.

    5. SYRIAN REBELS SEIZE MILITARY BASE, WEAPONS TROVE

  • Holiday shopping gears up

    Many residents took advantage of Saturday’s Arts and Crafts Fair at Crossroads Bible Church to get some early Christmas shopping done.

  • Update 11-20-12

    Special Section

    Look for “The Spirit of Giving” special section in Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor. The publication will be packed with information to help you shop smarter, not harder.

    Trash collection

    In observance of Thanksgiving, there will be no trash or recycling collection on Thursday or Friday. If Thursday or Friday is your normal pickup day put out trash and recycling by 8 a.m. Wednesday for collection. 

    Office closed

    The Los Alamos Monitor office will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day, Thursday. Normal office hours will resume Friday.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 27  in council chambers.

    Library Board

    The Los Alamos County Library Board holds regular meetings the first Monday of each month (excluding holidays) at 5:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library Board Room or at White Rock Branch Library. The next meeting is Dec. 3.

  • NNSA completes initial steps

    The National Nuclear Security Administration has announced that it recently completed two milestones toward production of early plutonium oxide feedstock for its Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility.

    In its second year of production, NNSA exceeded the FY 2012 goal of 200 kilograms of plutonium oxide production by disassembling nuclear weapons pits and converting them into plutonium oxide at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    NNSA also initiated operations at H-Canyon and HB-Line at the Savannah River Site to begin plutonium oxide production. The oxide production at both LANL and SRS provides the initial feedstock for the MOX facility and demonstrates the first steps towards permanent plutonium disposition.

    “The progress achieved at LANL and SRS in support of plutonium disposition demonstrates the benefits of utilizing existing facilities in support of NNSA’s efforts to eliminate surplus weapons plutonium,” said NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino. “Feedstock for the MOX facility represents a critical component of the U.S. plutonium disposition strategy and will enable the U.S. to meet international nonproliferation commitments while advancing President Obama’s goal of permanently reducing the number of nuclear weapons across the globe.”

  • 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.