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Today's News

  • New tagline options to go to public comment

    Los Alamos County’s branding efforts entered into a new phase Tuesday as a team from Atlas Advertising, LLC, descended on the county to determine what sets it apart. The day culminated in a public meeting at Fuller Lodge.
    Atlas was hired for the implementation stage of the branding campaign which began with research and recommendations from North Star Destination Strategies. County procurement rules prohibited North Star from bidding on the implementation contract.
    North Star was paid $50,000 for its effort. The initial Atlas contract was for up to $225,000 for a brand logo design, a brand implementation plan and brand execution services. Council approved an additional $17,500 after asking Atlas to do further work on the development of a tagline or slogan after residents rejected North Star’s suggestion of “Live Exponentially.”
    According to the company’s Director of Strategic Accounts Guillermo Mazier, Atlas specializes in marketing for communities and has marketed more than 150 communities in 45 states.
    Council Chair Kristin Henderson explained why the branding effort is underway.
    “The point of the branding was, how do we evolve what our town is thought of outside of our town?” Henderson said.

  • Worker burned in lab accident

    Los Alamos National Laboratory is starting an investigation into the cause of an electrical accident that injured nine workers Sunday at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center, two of them critically.
    Sunday, during preventive maintenance operations at LANSCE, a LANL employee was burned while working at an electrical substation.
    The employee, who has not been identified, was airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque. As of Monday afternoon, the employee was listed in critical but stable condition, although UNM Hospital would release no other information.
    LANL announced Monday afternoon the accident at the TA-53 substation is currently under investigation. LANL said it would likely have a joint investigation board along with the Department of Energy going within the next three days.
    Of the other eight injuries in the incident, seven of those employees were transported to Los Alamos Medical Center, treated and released. The eighth, a 57-year-old male was kept at LAMC for observation. As of Monday, he was listed as being in stable condition.
    Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan said he and the rest of LANL are hoping for a full recovery for the employee severely burned in Sunday’s accident at the LANSCE site.

  • Rainbow Bright

    A huge rainbow went across the sky near Los Alamos Airport this morning. Rains fell Tuesday and today with the National Weather Service estimating about a half-inch of rain out of this storm.

  • Stratton named top CNO of year for LifePoint

    Los Alamos Medical Center chief nursing officer Tracie Stratton was named CNO of the Year by LifePoint Hospitals, LAMC’s parent company.
    The award is given annually to one CNO within LifePoint’s network of more than 60 hospitals who best exemplifies the company’s core values of honesty, integrity, trustworthiness, compassion, and ethical and legal compliance, and who is committed to advancing quality patient care.
    “During her tenure at LifePoint, Tracie has been a leader piloting innovative programs to reach new levels of quality and service,” said Pam Booker, CNO of LifePoint’s Western Group of hospitals. “The Los Alamos Medical Center Advisory Board credits her efforts as the main reason quality at the hospital has significantly improved. Tracie is seen as a leader who is always engaged, asks the tough questions and is eager to tackle new projects. She is an enormous asset to the hospital and is very deserving of this recognition.”

  • Update 5-6-15

    Farmers Market

    The first outdoor Farmers Market of the year is scheduled for Thursday. It will be from 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the library parking lot.

    Art on Tap

    Art on Tap, which is hosted by the Fuller Lodge Art Center, will be presented at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at UnQuarked, 145 Central Park Square.

    Dog bites

    Bob Fuselier of the Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, will host a lecture on dog bite awareness. It will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club.

    "Avenue Q"

    A performance of “Avenue Q” is scheduled for Friday at the Los Alamos Little Theatre. Showtime is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

    Pool closed

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center pool will be closed for in-service training May 16. The front office of the pool, however, will be open for regular business. For more information, call 662-1870.

    Future Energy

    A regular meeting of the Future Energy Resources Committee will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the county’s municipal building.

    Free Film Series

    Mesa Public Library will host “The Lunchbox” as part of its Free Film Series. The film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs meeting rooms.

  • Today in history May 6
  • Fundraiser for Nepal is Friday

    Alina Deshpande and her dance group will hold a fundraiser for victims of the Nepal earthquake Friday.
    The group’s show, which features traditional Indian dances and music, will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Light refreshments will be provided.
    The show is free, but monetary donations are requested. Funds will be sent to remote villages through local charities.

  • LANL Foundation scholarship recipients announced

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation announced its winners of the 2015 LANL Employees’ Scholarship Fund.
    In all, 78 students were awarded scholarships this year, ranging in value from $20,000 ($5,000 per year for four years) to $1,000.
    The LANL Foundation and lab employees partnered together starting in 1998 to create the Scholarship Fund. The stated goal of the fund is to “provide scholarships that support the students of Northern New Mexico who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in fields that will serve the region.”
    Among the top scholarship recipients this year were Chloe Keilers of Los Alamos High School, Charlotte Flory of Questa High School and Alexander Ortiz of Santa Fe High School. Those three students earned Gold Scholar status and will receive $20,000 for higher education.
    A new award was rolled out this year, the Susan Herrera Scholarship Fund. This year, LANL Foundation founder and CEO Herrera retired from those positions and an award was established in her name.
    The first winner of that award is Francesca Gonzales of West Las Vegas.

    Here is a complete list of 2015 recipients:

    Gold Scholars

    Charlotte Flory, Questa
    Chloe Keilers, Los Alamos
    Alexander Ortiz, Santa Fe

    Silver Scholars

  • LAFD is prepared

    It was called a “controlled burn” by the National Park Service, but the burn went out of control.
    The result was the Cerro Grande Fire of 2000.
    Now, 15 years later, the town has largely bounced back from the effects of the fire, which destroyed 357 housing units once it hit town. More than 400 families lost their homes.
    This is a situation no one around Los Alamos County wants to see repeated.
    Justin Grider, deputy chief of Los Alamos Fire Department, said he’s keeping an eye on current weather patterns around the area, as are departments in northern New Mexico to track potential fire danger.
    A weather prediction report is due out sometime in the near future so LAFD and other agencies can have at least some idea what to expect.
    In the immediate future, according to Kerry Jones of the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, rains in New Mexico will keep fire danger down. Jones said there is a big low-pressure system hanging out above eastern Arizona that will draw in moisture.
    The National Weather Service is predicting Los Alamos to get about a half-inch of rain by this evening.
    However, much of New Mexico has seen drought conditions for the past several years and the threat of wildfire is still very much present.

  • Cerro Grande Timeline

    May 4, 2000

    Despite unfavorable spring conditions, a “controlled burn” begins at Bandelier National Monument near Cerro Grande peak. The burn is started by the National Park Service.

    May 5, 2000

    High winds cause fire to jump perimeter of controlled burn.

    May 7, 2000
    The now out-of-control wildfire, which has spread to approximately 3,000 acres, threatens residents in Los Alamos. As a precautionary measure, Western Area goes under a voluntary evacuation.

    May 8, 2000
    Los Alamos Fire Department is called in to aid in the firefighting efforts.

    May 9, 2000
    Air support is called in to fight fires in Water Canyon.

    May 10, 2000
    A general voluntary evacuation of Los Alamos is called. Gusting winds of up to 75 mph have pushed the fire into Los Alamos Canyon. The town is almost fully evacuated in less than five hours.

    That night, the fire hits the townsite and burns more than 200 buildings, mostly houses in Western Area.

    May 11, 2000
    At approximately 1 a.m., a general evacuation of White Rock is called. Residents mostly evacuate to surrounding areas.

    May 12, 2000
    Initial damage assessments are released from the fire.