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Today's News

  • Student arrested for threatening to ‘shoot up school’

    A 17-year-old Los Alamos High School student who threatened on Oct. 18 to “shoot up the school” returned to school this week.

    The student, a male from Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, was released from juvenile custody by Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer in First Judicial Court in Santa Fe Wednesday on conditional release.

    The student will attend an alternative education program in the Los Alamos Public School District’s administration building on Trinity Drive.

    The juvenile will not be allowed to have any type of weapon on his person or a backpack on school grounds, as part of his conditions of release.

    He also must wear a monitoring bracelet and have no contact with LAHS Principal Carter Payne. He will also be required to stay at least 100 yards away from Los Alamos High School, located on Diamond Drive.

    LAHS officials also requested a trespass order, barring him from all LAPS properties and activities, allowing him to only attend classes at the Trinity Drive administration building.

    The court made one exception to the 100-yards rule, allowing him to attend welding classes at UNM-LA.
    The student was out on another conditional release from a Sept. 12 incident for allegedly making threats against Payne and for allegedly possessing drug paraphernalia.

  • GOP targets environmental rules after wildfires

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are targeting environmental rules to allow faster approval for tree cutting in national forests in response to the deadly wildfires in California.

    Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Thursday that lawmakers will vote next week on a bill to loosen environmental regulations for forest-thinning projects on federal lands. The GOP argues the actions will reduce the risk of fire.

    The Republican bill makes needed changes to forest management and "includes reforms to keep our forests healthy and less susceptible to the types of fires that ravaged our state this month," McCarthy said.

    California has declared a public health emergency in the northern part of the state, where fires that began Oct. 8 have killed at least 42 people, making them the deadliest series of wildfires in state history. Authorities have warned residents returning to the ruins of their homes to beware of possible hazardous residues in the ashes, and required them to sign forms acknowledging the danger.

    The GOP bill is one of at least three being considered in Congress to address wildfires. Republicans and the timber industry have long complained about environmental rules that make it harder to cut down trees to reduce fire risk.

  • NNSA releases final request for proposals for lab contract

    The National Nuclear Security Administration released its final request for proposals Wednesday for the management and operations contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The final RFP includes a 1 percent fixed performance fee for the contractor and language for a community commitment plan.

    Bidders have until Dec. 11 to submit proposals.

    When the NNSA announced the draft RFP, over 20 contractors, including the University of California, the University of Texas System, Bechtel, General Dynamics and others responded. Many toured the lab over the summer.

    The University of California issued a statement Wednesday following the NNSA’s release of the final RFP.

    “The university is strongly committed to Los Alamos’ scientific and technological excellence, driving the lab’s culture of operational excellence, and ensuring the continued high quality and integrity of its critical national security missions,” University of California Vice President for National Laboratories Kimberly Budil,  said in a written statement.

  • Valles Caldera prescribed burn in progress

    From the U.S. Forest Service:

     

  • Partridge resigns from Chamber of Commerce

    Mike Maez-Coté
    mcote@lamonitor.com

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is looking for a new Chamber manager following the resignation of Manager Nancy Partridge.

    The chamber confirmed Wednesday that Partridge resigned, but declined to say when she resigned and when her last day was.

    The chamber began advertising for her position on its website at approximately noon Tuesday. The job posting is on the chamber’s website, LosAlamosChamber.com.

    Neither Partridge, whom the Los Alamos Monitor contacted Wednesday morning, or Patrick Sullivan, the Commerce and Development Corporation Executive Director, would comment on her resignation.

    Partridge said she did not think her resignation was newsworthy.

    Sullivan said he hoped the search for Partridge’s replacement would move “relatively quickly.”

    For the time being, Sullivan said, those who need assistance from the chamber should contact Member Services Coordinator Ufemia Rios.

    Partridge was hired in August 2014 to the post, returning to the area after working in Denver, most recently with the Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute before returning to Los Alamos, where she was born and raised.

  • US considers higher entry fees at 17 popular national parks

    By FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The National Park Service is considering a steep increase in entrance fees at 17 of its most popular parks, mostly in the U.S. West, to address a backlog of maintenance and infrastructure projects.

    Visitors to the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Zion and other national parks would be charged $70 per vehicle, up from the fee of $30 for a weekly pass. At others, the hike is nearly triple, from $25 to $70.

    A 30-day public comment period opened Tuesday. The Park Service says it expects to raise $70 million a year with the proposal at a time when national parks repeatedly have been breaking visitation records and putting a strain on park resources. Nearly 6 million people visited the Grand Canyon last year.

    "We need to have a vision to look at the future of our parks and take action in order to ensure that our grandkids' grandkids will have the same if not better experience than we have today," Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a statement. "Shoring up our parks' aging infrastructure will do that."

  • UNM senior punter earns national Ray Guy punter of the week honors of the week

    Corey Bojorquez, who broke three school records on Friday evening against Colorado State, earned some national recognition as he was named the Ray Guy Award’s Punter of the Week, the first such honor for a UNM punter.
     Bojorquez, a senior from Bellflower, California, has been one of the nation’s top punters all season, and his full talents were on display this week against Colorado State.
    He punted three times for an average of 57.7 yards per kick, breaking the previous UNM record of 54.2 yards.
    Twice he pinned CSU inside the 20, once on a season-best 78-yard punt from his own 11 to the other 11, and then once on a 45-yard punt that was downed at the 1-yard line.
    The only punt that was returned was muffed and resulted in a return of -21 yards, giving him a net of 64.7, which also was a school record.
    The 78-yard punt was his third 70-yard punt of the season, and it was his third 75-yard or longer punt in his career, and that also is a UNM record.
    This season, Bojorquez is averaging 47.8 yards per punt (which would be a school record) and his career average is 44.5 yards per punt (which also would be a school record).

  • Boys U14 win, U11 split in youth soccer action

    In Duke City Soccer League action at the New Mexico State Soccer Complex in Bernalillo, the Boys U14 LAFC Lasers played Real Azteca with only 13 players and were able to pull out a 2-1 win.
    The Lasers played with the wind in the first half and were able to score two goals, both by Aaron Philip, a new player on the team this year.
    In the second half, the Lasers played against the wind and found it difficult to move the ball up the field.
    With solid defense and excellent goalkeeping by Daniel Chertkov, Real Azteca only scored one goal. The Lasers move to 2-1 on the season.
    The boys U11 LAFC Krypton Lasers lost 5-4 to the NM Rush Blue, and beat the Clovis White 8-3.
    Against the Rush, the Lasers went down early 4-1, but battled back, narrowly losing 5-4.
    Dhruv Thulasidasan scored two medium range goals, while Brendan French and Taelin Stanfield had one apiece.
    In the team’s second match, the Lasers controlled the game against Clovis from the start, going up 3-0 in the first 20 minutes.
    James Ito was player of the match with two goals and two assists. Other goal scorers included Hayden Watkins, French, Sammy Brown-Salazar, Stanfield and Liam Cunningham.

  • LAHS XC among leaders at home meet

    For the first, and only, time in 2017, the Los Alamos High School cross country teams had the opportunity to run in front of a hometown crowd, and the runners did not disappoint, finishing among the leaders in every race.
    More than 400 runners and 15 teams came together at the Los Alamos County Golf Course for the annual Los Alamos Invitational, which marks the end of the regular season for the Hilltoppers.
    The varsity boys finished third, and the girls finished in fourth place. More importantly, though, is that among Class 5A schools, LAHS finished second in both races, behind only Albuquerque Academy.
    LAHS head coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood are encouraged by how well their team performed, and feel that the runners continue to improve at every meet.
    “I think we feel good about the direction we are going,” Kathy Hipwood said.
    Academy topped the Hilltopper boys by 12 points, and the girls by 15 points, setting up interesting matchups at the district meet this weekend, and the state meet at the beginning of November.
    Rob Hipwood believes the Hilltopper boys will be one of the top three teams at the state competition, along with Albuquerque Academy and Kirtland Central, and that all three have proved to be capable of winning the championship.

  • Community Calendar 10-25-17

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    Los Alamos High School fifth-annual Career Fair from noon-3 p.m. at the Aux Gym. A variety of Los Alamos community members will present a variety of careers at this year’s event and share their experiences with students. There will also be representatives from UNM-LA, Northern New Mexico College and Santa Fe Community College, Workforce Solutions and the military. The event will include drawings and meetings with career reps. For more information, contact Connie Goettee at c.goettee@laschools.net.