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Today's News

  • LA Chamber debuting a new promotion at tonight’s show

    Along with hearing some tunes, Los Alamos residents can also save a few bucks by attending the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series.
    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is introducing a coupon page that is only available at the chamber’s tent at this year’s concerts.
    “Friday Night Specials,” as the coupons are called, will be available for several local retailers. The coupons are good from Saturday through the following Thursday.
    The first group of Friday Night Specials will be available tonight at the concert at Ashley Pond.
    The Band of Heathens will play starting at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. It’s the third of the Gordon’s series concerts.
    According to promoter Russ Gordon, “They mix rock, Americana, country, blues, R&B, jamband and funk. They’ll remind you of The Band, the Black Crows, Grateful Dead, Wilco, Dawes and Ryan Adams. One of the best to come out of Austin, Texas, this young century.”
    Band of Heathens has played on the long-running PBS show “Austin City Limits” and, following tonight, have upcoming dates scheduled for Saturday in Taos, Sunday in Albuquerque and several next month in Texas.

  • Today in history May 30
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  • Woman sentenced in hotel incident

    A 30-year-old Los Alamos woman was sentenced recently for her part in a February altercation with police officers, where the woman, Rebecca Meagan Redondo, and another man, Samuel J. Nasise, fought with officers and allegedly attempted to grab at items on the officers’ utility belts during the fight.
    The sentencing was Wednesday in Magistrate Court.
    According to documents, police responded to a domestic dispute at the Comfort Inn Hotel in Los Alamos one night in late February.
    According to police reports, when officers inquired and the couple opened their hotel room door, a fight ensued between one of the officers and Nasise.
    Redondo tried to join in, but was held back by one of the officers.
    As the fight between Nasise and the officer escalated, the officer detaining Redondo went to help, and that’s when Redondo joined in the fight.
    As a result of the altercation, Redondo was charged with two counts of battery upon a police officer, two counts of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer and one count of disorderly conduct.
    In a plea bargain worked out between Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist and Redondo’s defense attorney, David M. Chacon, charges in the case were significantly reduced.

  • Library's summer reading program kicks off Monday

    “Every Hero Has a Story” is the summer theme at the Los Alamos County Library System. Join the Los Alamos County Libraries Summer Library Club during the kickoff Monday at Ashley Pond. Clan Tynker will start the party at 6 p.m.
    As school lets out for summer, it’s a good for children, teens, parents and caregivers to get involved in all the fun of the Summer Library Club.
    “One thing we’re really excited about is how we’ve revamped our summer programming,” said Angie Manfredi, head of Youth Services. “We want to make the program engaging and active so we’re expanding beyond reading. This year the Summer Library Club will encourage participants to write reviews, visit museums, attend library programs and stop by to visit the library every week to participate in challenges. And reading is still part of the program because we encourage parents and kids to think of summer as a time for kids to be empowered by the ability to choose their own reading. No more reading for tests or points, summer is all about books kids wants. Library staff is here to recommend and share the fun stuff. It’s going to be an amazing time.”

  • DOE will report on LANS LLC

    Following a series of electrical accidents, the U.S. Department of Energy has ordered two separate investigations of the contractor that manages the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Energy Department will review potential violations by the Los Alamos National Security LLC.
    A federal Accident Investigation Board will also examine several incidents at the nuclear weapons research facility, including a May 3 accident. One of those workers, Julian Trujillo, remains in the hospital in stable condition but severely burned.
    LANL spokesman Kevin Roark says the lab is working to strengthen its safety culture and will cooperate with the investigation.
    Since 2003, the lab has had at least 11 electrical incidents, some with injuries.

  • Police Beat 5-29-15

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    May 21
    5:57 p.m. — A 44-year-old man was reported by police to be the victim of car burglary on N.M. 4.

    May 22
    10:30 a.m. — Mitchell Daly, 28, of Los Alamos was arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked license at the 1000 block of Central Avenue.

    2:20 p.m. — A 13-year-old Los Alamos girl was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) in the 2000 block of Canyon Road.

    4:30 p.m. — A 16-year-old Los Alamos boy was arrested for battery upon a police officer at 20th Street and Central Avenue.

    May 23
    12:08 p.m. — A 50-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police her vehicle was hit while it was unattended on North Mesa Road.

    2:28 p.m. — Nathan McDowell, 43, of Los Alamos was arrested for hitting an unattended vehicle with his car in the 600 block of North Mesa Road.

  • Scientists track flu virus on Wikipedia

    Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have the ability to forecast the upcoming flu season and other infectious diseases by analyzing views of Wikipedia articles.
    “The ability to more accurately forecast the flu season and other infectious diseases will transform the way health departments prepare for and respond to epidemics, ultimately saving lives,” scientist Sara Del Valle said.
    Del Valle and her team recently published  “Forecasting the 2013-2014 Influenza Season using Wikipedia,” in the Public Library of Science.
    “Infectious diseases are one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality around the world. Because of this, forecasting their impact is crucial for planning an effective response strategy,” Del Valle said.
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seasonal influenza effects up to 20 percent of people in the United States and causes major economic impacts resulting from hospitalization and absenteeism.

  • Update 5-29-15

    National Park

    A public meeting and reception for the field team for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park is scheduled for Tuesday. It will take place at Fuller Lodge starting at 5 p.m. Representatives from the Department of Energy and National Park Service will be on-hand for a three-day site visit.

    School board

    A regular Los Alamos School Board meeting is scheduled for June 9. The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. at the board room.

    Music

    Music professor Marcos Cavalcante will play at Ashley Pond Tuesday. The event, which will start at 7 p.m., is part of the Tuesdays at the Pond. The event is free.

    Farmers market

    The Los Alamos Cooperative Market will have its weekly farmers market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in front of its store on Entrada Drive.

    Wetlands

    A talk on the Ashley Pond Wetlands will be presented Monday by Dick McIntyre, former county Parks Division Manager. McIntyre led the design team for the Ashley Pond renovations. The public is invited to attend the program sponsored by the Summit Garden Club. Attendees are asked to meet at the covered stage at 1:30 p.m. Afterward, the club will hold its business meeting.

    History program

  • A Token of Thanks

    School board member Jim Hall awards outgoing assistant superintendent Gerry Washburn a plaque for his years of service earlier this week.