Today's News

  • Local bands in the spotlight

    A pair of local bands will headline Friday’s Gordon’s Summer Concert Series.
    The bands, DK and the Affordables and Eddy and the Nomads, will split time at the Summer Concert Series.
    Friday’s concert, a free program sponsored by Los Alamos County, is the final Summer Concert of 2015. It will be at Ashley Pond starting at 7 p.m.
    DK and the Affordables was founded by DK Warner, a do-it-all performer with many influences spanning rockabilly, but Warner said one of his main influences is Jim Bowie, a Buddhist banjo master from Oklahoma.
    Among the lineup for the Affordables are keyboardist Aaron Anderson, bassist Rob Heineman and saxophone player Quinn Marksteiner.
    A classic rock band, Eddy and the Nomads are staples of the concert series, having played numerous shows there over the 26-year history of the series.
    This year’s series started in early May as part of the county’s Kite Festival. Among this year’s highlights were Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones tribute band, and the Red Elvises.
    The Summer Concert Series is coordinated by Russ Gordon. For information on the series, visit gordonssummerconcerts.com.

  • Luján gets a primer on tech transfer

    When Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-District 3) visited Descartes Labs earlier this month, his questions focused on what could be done to improve technology transfer from national labs such as Los Alamos National Laboratory to private industry.
    Descartes co-founder and Chief Technical Officer Steven Brumby made several recommendations based on his own recent experiences with that process.
    In December 2014, Descartes obtained a license to use lab-generated technology that Brumby himself had helped develop.
    Brumby called the time it takes to get a tech transfer license “absolutely crucial.” The current process can take up to a year.
    “If you’re trying to start up in an area where there are competitors, you can’t afford to have the lab taking a year to make a decision on the license. That’s enough time for other people to go close on initial funding round and then actually get to Series A,” Brumby said.
    Descartes was unable to raise venture capital money until the license was secured.
    “They weren’t prepared to trust us that the license would close in a timely way. They wanted to see the license up front,” Brumby said.

  • Brief Outage Planned for White Rock Wednesday

    LOS ALAMOS, NM -- Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities officials are advising White Rock customers that weather permitting, a short five minute outage is planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, In cooperation with the Los Alamos National Laboratory Line Operations, the brief outage is required to safely replace a faulty 115,000 volt switch at the substation. 

    Specifically, crews will cut the power to transfer the White Rock electric load from the T2 line to the T1 transmission line at the substation. With the T2 line de-energized, crews will remove and replace the faulty 115,000 volt switch.  Once the switch is in place, the line will be re-energized without interruption.

    Customers who have questions or concerns can call the DPU office at 505-662-8333 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  

  • LA resident Orr is missing

    The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Department posted onto its Facebook page a notice of a missing person, Trevor Orr.
    Orr, who lives in Los Alamos, was last seen Wednesday. Orr is 48 years of age and is reported to be 6-foot-1, 160 pounds.
    According to Santa Fe County, Orr's car was found on N.M. 599 - the Santa Fe bypass - Thursday.
    Those that have information on Orr's whereabouts are asked to call Santa Fe County Sheriff's Detective John A. Ordonez at 428-3720.
    The Santa Fe County Sheriff's office said it is not actively conducting a search for Orr.

  • Fire department adds two vehicles to fleet

    The LAFD had a “push-in” ceremony at White Rock Station No. 3 for two new additions to its fleet.
    The LAFD pushed in two trucks, one designed to deal with emergencies involving hazardous materials within the county and the other an aerial ladder truck designed to put fires out in multi-level structures. One is named “Hazmat 1” and the other will be known as “Truck 3.”
    Hazmat 1 is manufactured by the E-ONE company. Known as a “toolbox on wheels,” the truck is designed with many top, side and bottom compartments for tools and equipment.
    Los Alamos National Laboratory has a similar truck. As part of a cooperative agreement with LANL, the Los Alamos Fire Department was required to have its own Hazmat truck, as well.
    As with all units within the LAFD fleet, the hazmat truck and the aerial ladder truck were purchased by the U.S. Department of Energy. The hazmat truck comes equipped with chemical and gas detection equipment, equipment to help dam and clean up spills, as well as different types of hazmat suits for the crew to designed to deal with any type of spill.
    According to LAFD Chief Troy Hughes, Hazmat One was designed to complement LANL’s own hazmat vehicle.

  • State Briefs 9-3-15

    Pair of plague cases confirmed in Bernalillo County

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A second human plague case has been confirmed in New Mexico’s Bernalillo County.
    The New Mexico Department of Health says a 59-year-old woman from Bernalillo County is recovering.
    Her name isn’t being released.
    It’s the third human case of plague in New Mexico this year and the second in Bernalillo County.
    The other cases in the state occurred in a 52-year-old woman from Santa Fe County who died from the illness and a 65-year-old man from Bernalillo County who recovered.
    Plague is a potentially fatal illness in people that occurs in many parts of New Mexico.
    It is caused by bacteria found in rodents, especially ground squirrels, rabbits and hares.
    Most human cases of plague are acquired through the bite of infected fleas.

    Another dead body found in Sandias

  • 'Toppers beat St. Mike's to stay undefeated

    The Los Alamos boys soccer team stayed undefeated with a 3-0 victory over St. Mike's on Wednesday.
    The closest thing about the game, however, might have been the score.
    Los Alamos outshot St. Mike's 30-5 in the contest and had an 10-0 advantage in corner kicks.
    "They battled and played hard, but I always felt like we were in control," Los Alamos head coach Ron Blue said.
    Los Alamos was in possession of the ball for the vast majority of the game.
    Los Alamos also had no problems getting shots off, but many off them were off target. Seven of its first 11 shots missed high or wide. Out of the four that were on goal, two of them scored.
    Eric Burnside created the first opportunity, dribbling past a pair of St. Mike's defenders on the right sideline. Burnside then centered the ball to DC Kim who scored with his left foot in the sixth minute of the game.
    Burnside then put Los Alamos up 2-0 in the 17th minute. Levon Wiggins stole the ball deep in St. Mike's territory and passed to Burnside who kicked it off the left post and in.
    Four of the 'Toppers last five shots in the half were on goal, but saved.
    "We didn't finish well, but they were a difficult team to break down," Blue said. "They had a lot of numbers behind the ball."

  • Hunting season ramps up across New Mexico

    SANTA FE — Many hunters took to the woods and fields across New Mexico on Sept. 1, the opening day for deer, elk and turkey archery hunts and for most small game and upland game birds.
    Hunting seasons for doves, blue grouse, band-tailed pigeons and squirrels will open in many areas of the state starting Sept. 1.
    Licenses, maps, questionnaires and other related materials are available online at the Game and Fish Department’s website, wildlife.state.nm.us
    The 2015-16 migratory game-bird hunting rules and information booklet is available on the department website.
    Printed copies will be available soon at game and fish offices and license vendors.
    The department will accept draw applications for sandhill crane and pheasant hunts from Sept. 2 to Sept. 30.
    Apply online with a customer account at wildlifestate.nm.us or by phone at 1-888-248-6866.
    A list of available hunt dates and more information about bag limits and seasons is available on the department website.
    This year, department staff manning crane harvest check stations also will inspect harvested ducks for evidence of avian flu, said Kristin Madden, bird program manager for the department.

  • Infielder Adames earns All-PCL team honors

    Albuquerque Isotopes infielder Cristhian Adames was named to the All-PCL Team as a shortstop, the league announced Monday morning. It is just the latest honor for Adames who represented to Isotopes in the Triple-A All-Star Game earlier this season and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player prior to last Sunday’s game.
    In 116 games this season, Adames is batting .311, which ranks sixth in the PCL. He also has 20 doubles, three triples, a career-high 11 homers, 51 RBI and 11 stolen bases. Adames’ 144 hits rank third in the league, and he has a team-high 43 multi-hit games, which is 14 more than any other player.
    Adames has heated up during the dog days of August, hitting safely 23 of 27 games in the month. Adames has a .372 (42-for-113) average in August with four doubles, a triple, three home runs, nine RBI and three stolen bases.
    The 24-year-old was called up for one day this season on July 28 following the Troy Tulowitzki trade. He did not appear in a game.

  • Williams, Marr lead predictors

    The annual staggered-start Pace Race and fun run was held Tuesday on the White Rock bike path.
    The runners with the slowest predicted times started first from Piñon/Rocket Park.
    Starting last were the runners with the fastest predicted times.
    The best predictors for the one-mile course were Joan Williams and Duane Marr, both of whom were 5 seconds off.
    For the three-mile course, the best predictors were Roxana Candia and Zachary Medin at 23 seconds off.
    David Kratzer was 27 seconds off while Sanna Sevanto was 33 seconds off.
    The fastest runners were Jackie Marr and Brian Newnam on the one-mile course.
    Valerio Pinchetti, Ted Romero, Laura Woodroffe, and Nikol Strother had the fastest three-mile times.
    Next Tuesday’s Pace Race will take place at the end of North Mesa on San Ildefonso Road South below the Big Rock Loop.
    One-and and three-mile courses will be available.
    For information, call 672-1639 or visit the Atomic City Roadrunner’s website atomicrunners.com