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Today's News

  • Amtrak CEO to stop in SF about train route

    SANTA FE (AP) — Amtrak’s top executive is to travel through New Mexico on Saturday to meet with officials about keeping the Southwest Chief on its current route.
    But New Mexico Transportation Department spokeswoman Melissa Dosher said no official from Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration plans to meet with Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman because the agency didn’t learn of the tour until receiving a news release from the rail operator Thursday morning.
    Boardman will take a special train along the Southwest Chief route from Kansas through southeastern Colorado to Albuquerque, Amtrak said. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., will travel with Boardman in the state, and they’ll to meet with local officials along the route.
    Amtrak has warned that the route might be changed unless there are improvements to the track owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe. Amtrak has proposed that New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas help share the costs of maintaining and upgrading 600 miles of track used through their states for the Southwest Chief. Amtrak’s operating agreement with BNSF expires in January 2016.
    An Amtrak official has told New Mexico lawmakers that BNSF doesn’t want to upgrade sections of the track used by its slower-moving freight trains to meet the higher speed requirements.

  • Fender bender

    LAPD deals with the aftermath of a fender bender on the corner of Diamond Drive and Canyon Road on Thursday.

  • Cone zone 07-11-14

     

     

    Central Avenue Improvements Project:

    Central Avenue continues to be fully closed between 15th Street and 20th Street for night work between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.

    During the daytime, Central Avenue between 15th and 20th will consist of one lane of westbound traffic. Eastbound Central traffic will be detoured to Deacon, to 15th and back to eastbound Central. The detour was moved from Trinity Drive to Deacon to enhance traffic flow.

    On-street parking on Central will be closed, please use alternate parking in the area.

    The contractor plans on working a day and night crew in an effort to complete this section of the project within the first 60 days of the construction. When possible, please use alternate business entrances including those along Deacon, 15th Street, and 20th Street.

    Pedestrian detour signs are posted, please use the detour and stay out of the work zone.

    N.M. 502 / Trinity Storm Drain Improvements:

    Contractors will be working this weekend on the north Knecht intersection at Trinity, which continues to be closed through Monday to install the storm drain across Knecht. Knecht south of Trinity will remain open. Eastbound Trinity traffic will be maintained. Access north Knecht from Central. This will be the final phase of the project.

     

  • LANL Foundation offering grants

    First Born Los Alamos has been awarded a $517,500 grant from the New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department to resume providing support for families having their first child.
    CYFD will award $172,500 a year over five years to serve 58 families each year. First Born Los Alamos, which opened in 2008, had been closed for two years due to lack of funding. A project of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, home visitors provide free support for first-time parents from pregnancy until a child is 3 years old. Participants in 13 other state programs range from professional women in their 40s to teen mothers to first-time fathers.
    Susan Herrera, CEO of the LANL Foundation called the grant a perfect example of state government enabling Foundations to help the communities they serve. The LANL Foundation supports similar programs in Rio Arriba, San Juan, McKinley, San Miguel, Guadalupe and Mora counties.
    Anna Marie Garcia, First Born program director, said reopening the Los Alamos office sends a strong message that the program is for everyone and that it can fit the needs of any family in New Mexico. “Everyone wants to be a good parent,” Garcia said, “First Born just shows them how.”
    Services in Los Alamos began in 2008 and have been suspended for the last two years due to lack of funding.

  • Caldera releases final EIS

     The Valles Caldera Trust has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Landscape Restoration and Stewardship Plan (Stewardship Plan).
    The Stewardship Plan proposes a 10-year strategy for the restoration and stewardship of the forest, grassland, shrubland and riparian ecosystems of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
    Proposed activities include, forest thinning, wildland fire management, road closure, decommissioning, maintenance and repair; riparian restoration, erosion control, burned area rehabilitation, and noxious weed eradication and control.
    The DRAFT EIS was released in August 2013 for a 45-day public review and comment period.
    Based on the comments received, minor changes were made to the draft document.
    Those changes and a complete record of the comments received and our responses are provided in appendices.
    The appendices and the FEIS for the Stewardship Plan can be viewed or downloaded in their entirety or in individual chapters (smaller files).
    Hard copies have been distributed to the following public libraries: Albuquerque-Bernalillo County, Española, Jemez Pueblo, Jemez Springs, Los Alamos, Loma Colorado (Rio Rancho), New Mexico State Library (Santa Fe), Santa Fe and White Rock.

  • Update 07-11-14

    Lunch with a Leader

    The League of Women Voter’s invites the community to attend the monthly Lunch with a Leader that will feature Los Alamos’ new police chief, Chief Dino Sgambelone. The event is 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday at the Mesa Public Library.

    Horse show

    Los Alamos County Horse Show. 10 a.m. Saturday at Brewer Arena, North Mesa Rodeo Grounds. For cost and more information call 662-8170.

    Concert series

    Gordon Summer Concert Series. Eric McFadden Band. 7-10 p.m. today at Ashley Pond.

    Reception

    The Paintings of Ryszard Wasilewski. Opening Reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. today. Upstairs in the Mesa Public Library Gallery. Daily through Aug. 5.

    Caldera Trustees

    The Valles Caldera Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. today at the Holiday Inn Express in Los Alamos. The public is invited. 

  • Dinehart-Haines wedding

    Elise Anne Dinehart and Timothy Patrick Haines, both of Los Alamos, were married June 20 at the Church of the Incarnation Roman Catholic Church in Rio Rancho.
    The bride is the daughter of Mark and Therese Dinehart, of Los Alamos, and the groom is the son of Todd and Julie Haines.
    Reverend Fathers Anthony Romero, John Carney, Christopher Bernabe and Deacon George Meyerson officiated the ceremony.
    Greg Smithhisler, Liturgist of Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Los Alamos accompanied vocalist, Nathan Salazar (also of IHM) on the organ.
    The bride wore a pleated pearl silk A-line floor length gown with a sweetheart neckline and chapel length train. Her illusion veil was held by a Juliet cap of lace appliqué, crystal and seed pearls. Both the blusher and chapel lengths of the veil were edged with pearls. The veil was previously worn by her mother. The bride carried a bouquet of cream peonies and pale pink roses.
    Maid of Honor was Erin Elizabeth Dinehart, sister of the bride from Los Alamos. Bridesmaids were Lauren Ware of Colorado, cousin of the bride and Sarah Seidel of Texas, friend of the bride. The flower girl was Makayla Barber of Washington, niece of the groom. The ringbearer was Wright Bross of New Mexico, cousin of the bride. The groom’s best man was Nathan Romero, of Los Alamos.

  • LANL devices honored by magazine

    R&D Magazine today announced the winners of its annual “R&D 100” competition, and two technologies from Los Alamos National Laboratory and its partners are among the honored innovations.
    “These awards recognize the tremendous value of our national labs, “ said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “Research and development at the national labs continues to help our nation address its energy challenges and pursue the scientific and technological innovations necessary to remain globally competitive.”
    “I am pleased that our laboratory has the outstanding talent to be consistently recognized by these prestigious awards,” said Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charles McMillan.
    “These types of awards are an indication of the breadth of scientific capability we exercise for our national security mission. I congratulate the recipients and their partners for their work, not only on these innovative projects, but also for advancements made in their fields that will foster next-generation science and technology excellence.”
    And the Winners Are

  • Kiwanis Scholarship Recipients

    The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Hannah Dye and Jeremy Goettee with scholarships at a recent Tuesday meeting. Both Dye and Goettee were very active in Key Club by participating in Breakfast with Santa, Pancake Breakfasts, and offering support to many other community activities such as LAPS Foundation. Dye will be attending Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and Goettee will be attending Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Pictured from left to right are: Karen Kendall, Kiwanis President, Goette, Connie Goette, mom; Dye, Catherine Dye, mom, and Robert Dye, dad.

  • 911 tapes: Docs did nothing to help vet

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Newly released 911 tapes indicate a table of doctors did nothing as a Vietnam veteran died in the Albuquerque Veterans Affairs Hospital cafeteria.
    The Albuquerque Journal Friday reports two calls came in after veteran Jim Napolitano Garcia collapsed on June 30 in a building 500 yards from the emergency room.
    During the second call, a woman told the dispatcher the man was being hooked up to an emergency defibrillator.
    Told that paramedics were on their way, the caller responded, that there was a table of doctors sitting right next to him, and none of them were doing anything to help.
    The hospital says its response to the man’s death remains under investigation. On Thursday, New Mexico’s congressional delegation sent a letter to the acting VA director saying they have serious concerns about the handling of a patient’s death.