Today's News

  • Skiing season open in Los Alamos
  • BPU seeks legal opinion on profit transfer

    The board continues to question the formula for determining transfer from utilities to the General Fund.

  • Today in history Dec. 1
  • Today in history Nov. 30
  • Council to hear branding options

    The Los Alamos County Council will hear Atlas Advertising’s recommendations for a strapline (slogan) and logo for the county on Tuesday.
    The initial Atlas contract allotted up to $225,000 for the implementation stage of the county’s branding campaign, which included developing a brand logo design, a brand implementation plan and for brand execution services.
    North Star Destination Strategies provided the initial branding research and recommendations. That contract was for $50,000. County procurement rules prohibited North Star from bidding on the implementation contract.
    Council accepted North Star’s report and its recommendation for a strapline − “Live Exponentially” – in October 2014.
    After two months of what former Councilor Frances Berting called an “overwhelmingly negative” response to trying to sell Los Alamos on that strapline, council voted to reject it. The Atlas contract was amended to include an additional $17,500 for brand strapline development and selection services.

  • Artwork a celebration of Native American Heritage Month

    Los Alamos Middle School this month celebrated Native American Heritage Month in a very unique way.
    Many of the school’s students turned out at the school to celebrate the dedication of a piece of artwork dedicated to the school by the San Ildefonso Pueblo. The artwork was a black vase created by Native American artist Erik Fender. Fender, as well as San Ildefonso Pueblo Gov. James Mountain, SI Tribal Council Member Tim Martinez and SI Lt. Gov. Wayne Martinez were also guests at the ceremony.
    “We are here to dedicate a wonderful and spectacular piece of art created by Mr. Fender, and we are also here to give our appreciation and our thanks to a group of students, who, a couple of years ago with their sponsor, decided they wanted to give a gift to the school, a gift that would help remind us of the rich traditions that surround us as well as remind us and appreciate why we live here in New Mexico,” said Los Alamos Middle School Principal Mike Johnson to the audience gathered for the ceremony. “We are very thankful for the gift that they’ve decided to give us here.”
    Superintendent of Schools Kurt Steinhaus also attended the event, which was organized by the middle school staff led by Bernadette Lauritzen and Linda Bennett.

  • Police Beat 11-29-15

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations do not imply innocence or guilt. The department defines “arrest” as anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons or issued a citation.

    Nov. 18
    2:19 p.m. — Police say a 45-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of an animal bites. The animal was impounded.
    2:58 p.m. — David Wyman, 23, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of unlawful use of a license in the 1300 block of Central Avenue.
    6:58 p.m. — Police say a 53-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a car accident with no injuries.
    7:36 p.m. — Eric Smith, 62, of Santa Fe was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of drugs in the 2300 block of Trinity Drive.
    Nov. 19
    4:25 a.m. — Police say a 41-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a larceny (over $500, less than $2,500).
    7:33 a.m. — Police say a 52-year-old Los Alamos was the victim of a car accident with no injuries at Diamond Drive.
    9:46 a.m. — Darlene Ramirez, 55, of Hernandez was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos Police Station. The original Oct. 31 charge was driving without headlights at Arroyo Lane and Verde Ridge.

  • MOWW meeting Dec. 6

    The monthly Military Order of World Wars meeting is 1:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in Los Alamos Research Park the 2nd floor conference room, and will mark the annual Pearl Harbor Commemoration. Members are asked to note the change in date and time. The speaker is Dr. Charles McMillan, director at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  

    The meeting will begin with a social period followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 2 p.m. The presentation will follow. Dinner meetings are open to interested citizens with RSVP, or the program only at no cost. 

    The Hot Rocks Java Cafe staff will be catering the dinner, which will be beef tenderloin and side dishes. Cost is $25 per person. Note that a dinner reservation made is a commitment to the chapter to pay for the reserved dinner(s). RSVP either way for the dinner is needed by Thursday. Call LTC Gregg Giesler, U.S. Ret., Chapter Commander, 662-5574, email, or Adjutant Eleanor Pinyan, 672-3750, email depinyan@cybermesa.com. For more information about MOWW membership, call Commander LTC Giesler or Adjutant Pinyan.

  • Future energies a spark for BPU debate

    The Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities on Nov. 18 approved a plan to “address recommendations in the Future Energy Resources Committee Report” by a 4−1 vote. Vice Chair Stephen McLin opposed the motion.
    The FER committee was created to investigate and recommend options for achieving carbon neutrality by 2040, one of BPU’s strategic goals.
    The plan developed by board members David Powell and Jeff Johnson lays out a step-by-step process for reviewing, voting on and implementing the committee’s recommendations. The schedule they suggested calls for:
    •December 2015: BPU will adopt a definition of “carbon neutral” electrical energy.
    •January: BPU will adopt a strategic policy for electrical energy resources.
    •February: BPU will adopt a strategic policy for distributed electrical generation and rate structure;
    •March: BPU will direct the utilities manager to develop an implementation plan for the adopted strategic policies;
    •June: DPU staff will present a comprehensive plan to implement the strategic policies;
    •July: BPU will approve a comprehensive plan to implement the strategic policies.

  • Text from the FER report section on electric vehicles

    In the Future Energy Resources Committee report, electric vehicles are listed as one of five factors that could impact electrical load projections. This is a copy of the section in question.
    Electric Vehicles. The largest potential increase in electrical energy use would be a transition to all-electric motor vehicles (EVs). Presently, an average (2006-14) of 6.3 million gallons of gasoline and diesel fuels are dispensed in LA County each year. Their combustion adds another 55,000 metric tons of CO2 to the atmosphere annually. Conversion to electric vehicles would be environmentally beneficial (presuming carbon-free electrical power is available) and should be  encouraged but would correspondingly increase electric load.
    There are many other issues outside the scope of this study. Relevant here is the roughly 44,000 MWh / year in additional electricity that could be needed.