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Today's News

  • County hit by another big storm early Friday

    A winter storm that rolled into the area Thursday night made a mess of things for Los Alamos County.
    Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County and Los Alamos Public Schools were all closed this morning.
    Initially, the lab and the schools — which almost always schedule the same as each other — were going to operate under a 2-hour delay, but it was announced around 7 a.m. that the two entities would shut it down for the day.
    At around 8:20 a.m., there was a single-vehicle accident on Main Hill Road that closed the road to traffic.
    A vehicle rolled over on the Main Hill and the driver was injured in the accident, that according to Los Alamos Fire Department.
    As of press time Friday, no other accidents had been reported.
    NMRoads.com was warning about “severe” driving conditions between Los Alamos and Santa Fe on U.S. 285.
    Los Alamos County, meanwhile, decided to close for the day around 8:30 a.m. Most county operations, including Atomic City Transit’s regular bus routes, were suspended.
    The county issued a statement that customers who normally had their trash collected Friday should instead put their rollcarts out Monday for pickup.

  • LA man faces stalking charges

    A 61-year-old Los Alamos resident, Paul Kubler, was arrested twice in as many weeks for allegedly stalking an employee of a business on Diamond Drive.
    According to court records, while the victim was at the Los Alamos Police Station filing an alleged domestic assault charge against him on Jan. 13, Kubler made contact with the victim by cell phone.
    A police officer at the station helping the victim with the report intercepted the call and strongly advised Kubler not to contact the victim.
    However, according to Los Alamos Police Department, Kubler kept persisting with the officer, insisting that he talk to her. The officer again strongly advised that he not try to contact the victim.
    According to records, Kubler didn’t heed the warning.
    The next day, Jan. 14, Kubler allegedly went to the victim’s work three times to try and talk with her. A short while later, a relative of the victim called police, saying Kubler was knocking on her door asking for the victim.
    On Jan. 21, Kubler allegedly waited in his car at a nearby parking lot for the victim to leave work. When he saw her leave, he allegedly drove onto Diamond Drive and tried to wave her over to his car.
    Frightened, the victim ran back into a nearby business.

  • Science fair winners announced

    The results of last weekend’s Los Alamos County Science Fair were announced by the Los Alamos Public Schools Friday.
    Among the top winners at the ceremony was Elise Anne Koskello, a junior at Los Alamos High School, who won in the senior division physical sciences.
    There were winners in both physical and life science categories in the upper and lower grades.
    Also in the senior division, Priyanka Velappan, a LAHS freshman, won in the life science division.
    The two junior division winners were Lillian Petersen for physical science and Rockwell Leikness for life science.
    Petersen is a seventh grader at Los Alamos Middle School and Leikness is a sixth grader attending Aspen Elementary School.

  • Enviromental law is Powers' forte

    Newly hired Associate County Attorney Kevin Powers and his wife Kristin chose Los Alamos before the job chose him.
    The couple was living in Albuquerque with their three children — 9-year-old Clancy, six-year-old Desmond and three-year-old Amelia — when Kristin attended a librarian conference in Los Alamos.
    She came back talking about this “hidden jewel.” Powers calls what happened after that “almost providence.”
    “We came up here to visit one time. We went to church that day and we met somebody that was willing to rent us a house. And we were like, that’s a big sign, isn’t it? We probably are destined to be there,” Powers said.
    Their lease just happened to be ending, so the couple made the move in June 2014.
    Several factors made the decision easy.
    Powers was working as Assistant General Counsel for the New Mexico Environment Department, and Los Alamos would provide a shorter commute to Santa Fe. He was also able to work a few days in the Los Alamos field office.
    The quality of the Los Alamos Public Schools was attractive, as were the other assets the county had to offer.

  • Update 1-30-15

    County Council

    The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Los Alamos County Council is Feb. 6. It will be a noon session at the council chambers.

    Plastic bag movie

    League of Women Voters and Sierra Club presents, “BagIt, the Movie.” 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Reel Deal Theater. Tickets are $5 adults. Children under 18 are free.

    Cowboy breakfast

    There will be a Cowboy Breakfast from 7-11 a.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge. Price is $7 adults and $4 children 10 years and under.

    School board

    A regular meeting of the Los Alamos School Board is scheduled for Feb. 10. The meeting will be at the LAPS administration board room. Meeting time is 5:30 p.m.

    Field users

    Los Alamos County’s recreation department is holding its Spring Field User Meeting Feb. 11 at the Parks Division Conference Room, located on 101 Camino Entrada Bldg. 5. Meeting time is 11:30 a.m. Please bring all schedule request and Liability of Insurance to the meeting.

  • DOE announces renewal of funds for Innovation hub

    The U.S. Department of Energy announced today it would renew funding, subject to congressional appropriations, for the Consortium for the Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL), an Energy Innovation Hub established in 2010 to develop advanced computing capabilities that serve as a virtual version of existing, operating nuclear reactors.
    The move, according to the DOE, “would help enable the role that nuclear energy has in providing dependable and affordable energy to America while advancing innovative research in an energy source central to achieving the president’s goals for a low-carbon energy future.”
    Under the funding plan, the Hub would receive up to $121.5 million over five years, subject to congressional appropriations.
    Over the next five years, CASL researchers would be directed to focus on extending the modeling and simulation tools built during its first phase to include additional nuclear reactor designs, including small modular reactors.

  • Romney won't run for president

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After a three-week flirtation with a new campaign for the White House, Mitt Romney announced Friday that he will not seek the presidency in 2016.
    “After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” Romney told supporters on a conference call.
    The exit of Romney, who was the Republican presidential nominee in 2012, comes after several of his former major donors and a veteran staffer in the early voting state of Iowa defected to support former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
    Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie would have served as Romney’s most likely rivals for the support of the Republican Party’s establishment-minded voters.
    In his call with supporters, Romney appeared to take a swipe at Bush, saying it was time for fresh leadership within the GOP.
    “I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well-known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started, may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee,” Romney said. “In fact, I expect and hope that to be the case.”

  • Early voting for school board and UNM-LA ends on Friday

    Friday is the final day of early voting for the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos advisory committee and the Los Alamos School Board.
    Polls will be open for early voting through 5 p.m. Friday. On election day, which is Tuesday, polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
    At Tuesday’s Los Alamos County Council meeting, County Clerk Sharon Stover said that 160 people have voted in the school board election during early voting.
    Election day voting centers are at the municipal building and White Rock Fire Station No. 3.
    Election results will be streamed live from council chambers beginning at 8 p.m. election day.
    Information on the election can be found on the county clerk’s web page losalamosnm.us/clerk.

  • UPDATE: Bake sale cancelled due to weather

    The Los Alamos Hilltalkers speech and debate team celebrates its showing following 2015 La Cueva Cave Classic in Albuquerque last Saturday. The team will host a bake saie Friday from 3-6 p.m. in the lobby of the Los Alamos National Bank. The team is raising money to hold the New Mexico State Speech and Debate Tournament at Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School Feb. 26-28.

  • Former lab tech gets 5 years

    ALBUQUERQUE — Former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, was sentenced Wednesday to 60 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release.
    Mascheroni was sentenced following his guilty plea for violating the Atomic Energy Act, as well as other crimes relating to his communication of classified nuclear weapons data to a person he believed to be a Venezuelan government official.
    Mascheroni, 79, is a naturalized U.S. citizen from Argentina.
    U.S. District Judge William P. Johnson handed out the 5-year prison sentence in court Wednesday.
    Mascheroni’s wife, Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, 71, was sentenced in August to a year and a day of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release for her conviction on conspiracy and false statement charges.