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Today's News

  • Councilors oppose moving visitor center to Fuller Lodge

    A proposal placed before the Los Alamos County Council on Tuesday to move the Los Alamos visitor center to Fuller Lodge drew a storm of opposition from the downtown business community and community members concerned about the impact on the historic lodge.
    After lengthy discussion, Council Chair Geoff Rodgers concluded that the majority of council did not support the proposal. The meeting was a work session, so no formal vote was taken.
    The question before council was whether moving the visitor center to Fuller Lodge should be included as an option in a Request for Proposals for visitor center services.
    The current contract with the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation for those services is up for renewal at the end of the year, and an RFP will be issued this month. Due to a downturn in Lodgers’ Tax revenues, staff was asked to propose a county-owned location for the visitor center in order to defray the costs of leasing space.
    “One of the objectives of the RFP is provide us with options and alternatives,” said Deputy County Administrator/Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne.
    If Fuller Lodge was considered, Lynne proposed including a mandatory reevaluation period after a three-year trial.

  • Randall case resolved

    Scott Randall, the former executive director Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, appeared in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Tuesday to hear his sentence for a drunk driving charge he incurred on June 5 of this year.
    In court Tuesday, Randall’s DWI charge was also reduced to careless driving. He was not fined, but he will have to pay $81 in court costs. He was also sentenced to probation, where he must notify the court of a change of address within 48 hours.
    According to the police report on the incident, police were called to Randall’s house on the night of June 5 on reports of a domestic disturbance. According to police, Randall and his wife had an argument, and he was packing his bags and getting ready to leave the residence when he got into an altercation with his wife. According to the police reports, Randall allegedly bruised one of her wrists after he pushed her against a wall during the argument.
    Police contacted Randall later that night and told him to drive to the police station for an interview. When he arrived, he was given a field sobriety test and charged with driving while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
    He was also charged with battery against a household member, but that charge was dismissed in July.

  • School board swearing in

    Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados swears in the Los Alamos School Board’s newest member, Nan Holmes Tuesday night. Holmes will be representing District 3, where Aspen Elementary School is located.

  • Collaboration drives achievement in protein research

    When this week’s print issue of the journal Science comes out, a collective cheer will go up from New Mexico, Montana and even the Netherlands, thanks to the type of collaborative effort that is more and more the norm in these connected times.
    The research will produce innovations in biology, medicine, biotechnology and agriculture. It could save lives, and it happened because this scientist talked with that one, that one knew another one, and they overcame geographic distance to advance human understanding.
    “It is tremendously exciting working with researchers around the world, helping them apply the software and algorithms that we have developed to see the inner workings of molecular machines,” said Thomas Terwilliger, a senior Los Alamos scientist and Laboratory Fellow.
    In this case, researchers at Montana State University have provided the first blueprint of a bacterium’s “molecular machinery,” showing how bacterial immune systems fight off the viruses that infect them. By tracking down how bacterial defense systems work, the scientists can potentially fight infectious diseases and genetic disorders. The key is a repetitive piece of DNA in the bacterial genome called a CRISPR, for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats.

  • Update 09-17-14

    United Way

    United Way of Northern New Mexico Community Campaign Celebration. 5:30-7:30 p.m. today at Ashley Pond. For more information, visit UnitedWayNNM.org or call 662-0800.

    GOP meeting

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at party headquarters, 1362D Trinity Drive. Note the earlier than normal starting time. Final campaign efforts will be planned. For more information, call Robert Gibson at 662-3159 or Bill McKerley at 672-1067.

    Alzheimer's walk

    Alzheimer’s Walk. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Register, opening ceremony, kids run, adult run/walk and basket raffle and silent auction.

    Forum

    The Los Alamos League of Women Voters presents candidate forums. 7 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge. Invited are candidates for county assessor, county sheriff, magistrate judge, municipal judge and New Mexico House District 43.  

  • Homecoming parade information
  • State Briefs 09-17-14

    Blood drive scheduled for Sept. 27

    The Española Rotary will be sponsoring a blood drive at the Santa Claran Hotel-Casino on Saturday, Sept. 27 between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All donors will be automatically entered into a drawing for a Broncos Football Package which includes: two game tickets to the Broncos- San Diego Chargers game, two roundtrip airline tickets, two nights lodging and a gift card valued at $300.
    The winner of the football package will be drawn on Sept. 29. Everyone who donates blood at the Rotary blood drive will also receive a free commemorative T-shirt and all the cookies they can eat! Appointment slots are limited, so make your appointment by calling the UBS toll-free number (877) 827-4376.

    Prescribed burn postponed

  • Jemez Pueblo frustrated over highway dispute

    JEMEZ PUEBLO (AP) — Jemez Pueblo leaders who are tired of seeing traffic speed through their northern New Mexico village say they are considering either bulldozing a popular state highway or putting up toll booths.
    Pueblo Gov. Joshua Madalena tells the Associated Press the tribe has been seeking state and federal funding for a 5-mile bypass project for the past 60 years, but those efforts have not been successful.
    He says the federal government just recently turned down the pueblo’s latest application.
    As a result, Madalena says he needs to take action to ensure families who live along the much-traveled national scenic byway are safe.
    The tribe estimates the bypass project would cost about $26 million.
     

  • Roundabout crash injures one

    One person was injured Monday morning in an accident at the San Ildefonso Road roundabout. According to police, the accident was caused by a driver entering the roundabout in a silver Honda SUV. According to police, the driver apparently failed to yield to a driver in a black subcompact sedan, which was already in the intersection. That driver was taken to the Los Alamos Medical Center complaining of neck pain.

  • LA couple settles with LANS

    A settlement has been reached in the district court case involving a Los Alamos couple against Anthony Stanford, a former Emergency Operations division leader, and Los Alamos National Security, LLC, according to the couple’s attorney John Day on Monday.
    “We can’t discuss the terms,” Day said. “The lab asked to keep it confidential. The Gormans are incredibly happy with the result and are happy it’s over. They are looking forward to continuing their successful careers at the lab.”
    The lab said in a statement, “the laboratory is pleased that the matter has been settled. Terms of the settlement are being kept private. And, due to employee privacy, we do not discuss specific personnel actions.”
    Stanford retired with full benefits in 2013 from the lab before criminal charges were filed.
    The Gormans decided to file a civil complaint after it was determined that the most Stanford would face if convicted of the assault and battery charge would be probation, according to Day in an earlier article in the Los Alamos Monitor.