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Today's News

  • PEEC gearing up for new nature center

     

    Mark your calendars for Earth Day next year. April 22 is the scheduled opening for the new Los Alamos Nature Center. Construction crews are working hard to meet their January completion date and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center is preparing to mount exhibits throughout the building. 

    PEEC Executive Director Katie Watson can obviously already see the exhibits in her mind’s eye.

    “Our mission is enriching people’s lives by strengthening their connection to our canyons, mesas, mountains and skies,” Watson said. “So the exhibits are going to focus on are canyons, mesas, mountains and skies.”

    Each will have a separate exhibit space, with special features for each. The mesa exhibit will have an ant farm embedded in it. The mountain area will have a model of the Valles Caldera and exhibits on forest succession and bird migration. 

    The canyon exhibit will have a native fish tank and an exhibit called “If these rocks could talk,” which will have photographic illustrations of rocks with real rocks embedded in them. The rock will talk about itself when someone touches it. Local residents will supply the rock voices. 

  • McMillan responds to reports of alleged missteps by LANL

     

    Los Alamos National Laboratory director Charlie McMillan denounced a published report earlier this week that exposed missteps at the lab that played a part in a radiation leak at the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository.

    In an internal memo to staff, obtained by the Los Alamos Monitor, McMillan dismissed suggestions that the lab was withholding scientific theories about the Feb. 14 accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

    “I want to assure you that nothing is further from the truth, and scientific integrity is valued above all else at this institution,” he said in the memo.

  • Man gets plea deal in DWI

     

    Matthias A. Jaramillo, 20, of Los Alamos, was sentenced last week in magistrate court for reckless driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs.

    In May of this year, Jaramillo was pulled over and arrested for driving through a construction zone on Trinity Drive.

     When he was stopped, police noted that his car was damaged and his windshield was shattered. They also noted his car smelled of alcohol and his shirt was inside out and put on backwards. A field sobriety test taken at the scene determined that Jaramillo was intoxicated. 

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  • Hilltopper girls open season Tuesday

     

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team opens its season Tuesday night when it faces the St. Michael’s Horsemen.

    Los Alamos and St. Michael’s will meet at 7 p.m. in Perez-Shelley Gymnasium in Santa Fe.

    Tuesday night’s game will mark the debut of the new head coach for Los Alamos, Nestor Trujillo. Trujillo was hired last spring following the promotion of last year’s coach, Ann Stewart, to the school’s athletic director.

    Trujillo comes to the Hilltoppers after being an assistant coach at the Hilltoppers’ main rival, Española Valley, as well as a basketball scout for Northern New Mexico College in Española.

    Along with Trujillo, he will also bring in his daughter Ashlynn, into the Hilltopper fold.

  • BPU rejects home solar fee

     

     Council chambers were packed for a Board of Public Utilities’ public hearing on a revised electric rate structure on Wednesday. The majority of the citizens that turned out were protesting a proposed fee on customers with home solar systems. 

    The home solar advocates achieved their goal: the board struck that provision before passing the ordinance in a unanimous vote. 

    A debate has been raging around the issue ever since a Cost of Service and Rate Design Study conducted by Leidos proposed a $10 distributed generation fee beginning in January, increasing to $12 in July. 

    The fee was to cover infrastructure costs, which are currently built into the commodities charge. Large home PV users’ commodity charge is often covered completely by the excess power they put back into the grid.

  • VIDEO: Principal Gonzales rewards students

    For raising a lot of money for Paws and Stripes, Principal Jill Gonzales runs a gauntlet of ketchup and mustard on a tricycle while singing karaoke tunes.

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  • Opinion: Debate over home solar fees highlights larger issues

     

    The Department of Public Utilities’ proposal to charge home solar customers a fixed fee to cover infrastructure costs opened the proverbial “can of worms.”

    Issues raised during the debate indicate that the Board of Public Utilities may need to completely rethink the current rate structure model and develop long-term policies and action plans for achieving them. 

    BPU struck that provision from the new electric rate structure ordinance heading to council for approval Dec.16, but several board members as well as members of the public remarked on the need to delve more deeply into the concerns raised during the debate.