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Today's News

  • Reaching the Goal

    Celebrating a record $592,849 raised for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) are (left to right) Tony Fox, Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation Scholarship Program Officer, Debra Wersonick, Community Giving Specialist for LANL’s Community Programs Office and Jeff Mousseau, LAESF campaign chair and LANL Director of Environmental Programs. Lab employees pledged a record $325,246 — up almost 7 percent over last year — and other donors brought total donations to $342,849. Los Alamos National Security, LLC matched employee giving with $250,000. “Our employees know first-hand that education can unlock opportunity for talented students who hold the promise to be future leaders in government, industry or the non-profit sector,” Mousseau, said. The number of LANL donors also increased by 5 percent over 2014. Funds raised this year will be used by the LANL Foundation to award scholarships to students in seven Northern New Mexico counties in 2015.

  • Friday Night Tunes

    The Eric McFadden Band rocked Ashley Pond last weekend as part of the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. Friday’s show will feature Raul Midon, with opening act Tiho Dimitrov Band. It will be at the new Smith’s Marketplace.

  • Microsoft announces 18K layoffs

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its history Thursday, saying it will cut 18,000 jobs as it streamlines its Nokia mobile device business to focus on using the Windows Phone operating system.
    Although the job cuts were expected, the extent of the eliminations is a surprise, amounting to 14 percent of the company’s workforce.
    It’s CEO Satya Nadella’s boldest move since taking the reins from Steve Ballmer in February. Ballmer announced the Nokia acquisition last September, a month after he announced that he would resign.
    In a public email to employees Thursday, Nadella said the changes were needed for the company to “become more agile and move faster.”
    Nadella indicated that Microsoft will largely abandon low-price Nokia Asha phones — which work on their own non-Windows operating system — and reverse a strategically questionable move by Nokia in February to launch a line of phones called “X’’ that supported rival Google Inc.’s Android platform.

  • Update 07-17-14

    Benefit breakfast

    Benefit breakfast for the American Cancer Society. 7:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Masonic Lodge, 15th Street and Canyon Road. $7 for adults and $3 for children.

    APP meeting

    The Arts in Public Places Advisory Board will meet July 24. The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers.

    Concert

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. Raul Midon, with opening act Tiho Dimitrov Band. 7-10 p.m. Friday at Smith’s Marketplace.

    Council canceled

    The scheduled Los Alamos County Council work session, orginally set for Tuesday night in White Rock, has been canceled.

    Fly fishing clinic

    A youth fly fishing clinic is set for 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Valles Caldera National Preserve in Jemez Springs. Price for participation is $15. Call 866-382-5537 to register. 

  • Ribosome research may offer insights

    A groundbreaking study of the human ribosome is revealing that the tiny molecular machine is more versatile than previously understood.
    Minor changes in its sequencing can change its operation, allowing it to adapt to a changing environment, as described in a paper published Wednesday in Cell.
    “From a practical standpoint, these first studies of the atomistic mechanism of the human ribosome open a window into a range of diseases, from anemia, to cancer, to Alzheimer’s,” said researcher Karissa Sanbonmatsu of Los Alamos National Laboratory. The new publication shows the first study of decoding the genetic code by human ribosomes in atomic detail.
    “Cracking the mechanism of human ribosomes will have applications to a variety of diseases, so we are now seeing the real payoff of over a decade of computer simulations of the ribosome,” Sanbonmatsu said.
    For more than a decade, LANL has been involved in applying computational approaches for modeling the structure and dynamic aspects of large and biologically important molecular machines such as the ribosome.

  • Abeyta earns two years of probation in District Court

    Andrew Abeyta, an Alcade resident who was convicted of several crimes in Los Alamos, was recently sentenced to two years’ probation and drug court, according to his attorney, Bill Snowden.
    District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson carried out the sentencing in the Rio Arriba County District Court.
    Abeyta committed at least three crimes in Los Alamos County, including a burglary at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center and an armed confrontation in the Smith’s parking lot in December 2013.
    According to a police report on the Smith’s incident, Abeyta got out of his car and pulled a .22 caliber pistol on a couple after their vehicles almost collided.
    Abeyta was apparently entering the parking lot from Central Ave. as the couple was exiting. Apparently they almost collided with each other and an argument ensued.
    The couple then sped off and called police, and Abeyta turned his car around and followed them in his car. When Abeyta drove by Sullivan Field on Diamond Drive where the couple parked, they were able to point him out to the police that responded to couple’s call.

  • Clerk reviews digital election reporting system

    It looks as though the mad frenzy of candidates and reporters scrambling to read election results off grocery tapes on election night is a thing of the past.
    During the June 3 primary election, Los Alamos County tested a method of reporting results electronically. The feedback received so far has been positive, and county staff is now reviewing what worked, what did not and how the system can be improved.
    “The idea was, how can we bring this process into a more modern, digital, easy-access for all demographics that is updated regularly,” said Visual Information Specialist Leslie Bucklin. “Because we’re not Albuquerque, and we don’t have four news channels to get us all the results. So for us, it was how can we provide the same kind of service that a Channel 4 or Channel 7 would without having them?”
    County Clerk Sharon Stover instigated the change.

  • Pedestrian struck by vehicle

    A pedestrian was hit on Main Street about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday and Los Alamos Fire Department transported the victim to Los Alamos Medical Center.
    According to LAPD, emergency personnel were dispatched to 119 Central Park Square around the post office in reference to a vehicle in reference to the crash.
    The LAPD statement said officers and medical personnel arrived on Main Street approximately 50 yards north of Central to find an elderly female lying in the roadway with apparent injuries.
    The driver of the vehicle involved, Steven Fode, 25, was interviewed by investigating officers and arrested and charged with reckless driving, but this morning the district attorney has dismissed the case against him, pending what happens to the injured pedestrian.
    Fode was driving a 2006 Chevy mid-sized truck.
    The condition of the victim is unknown at this time. Any witnesses to this crash are encouraged to contact the police department to assist in this investigation.
    According to court records, Fode was charged with careless driving in 2012. In 2014, he was cited for not having car insurance as well as for speeding 1 to 10 mph over the speed limit. In 2011, he received a deferred sentence for failing to wear a seatbelt and for not having proper insurance. 

  • Contractor drops out of project

    Officials were hoping the new golf course community building would be finished by now.
    Not so fast.
    Harry Burgess, the county administrator, released a statement Wednesday, saying the contract with the contractor, Gerald A. Martin, has been formally terminated.
    Construction activities have been suspended.
    “At the request of the contractor, the county will enter into public works mediation to address the situation later this month,” a press release stated, announcing the termination of the contract. “The county moved to end the contract after the project manager became concerned about an apparent lack of progress being made on the building. The contractor vacated the work site approximately three weeks ago.
    The county noted an outstanding construction item involving exterior building lighting as well as an ADA compliance issue with one of the restrooms. As such, the county was unable to obtain a certificate of occupancy.

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