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Today's News

  • Washburn heads to new job in Oregon

    It could be said Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn is Los Alamos.
    He, along with his wife Audrey, raised a family here and ran a small business here. Gerry also worked in the commercial real estate and loans department at the Los Alamos Bank, was the late night shift supervisor at the Los Alamos Detention Center, taught and coached middle school and high school basketball, was a teacher and a principal at Mountain Elementary School, and then became the assistant superintendent and human resources director at Los Alamos Public Schools.
    Audrey became the district’s transportation coordinator.
    Thursday, just days before the Washburns are set to leave for Oregon, members of the community and the district came out to Mountain Elementary School to thank the Washburns for all they’ve done for Los Alamos and its children.
    After more than 30 years of being a part of the community, the Washburns will be leaving for Roseburg, Oregon, where Gerry will start work June 6 as the superintendent of schools.
    Recently, Washburn sat down and talked with the Los Alamos Monitor about where he’s been and where he’s going.

  • Energy meeting is sparsely attended

    Fewer than 10 people showed up for the Board of Public Utilities’ Future Energy Resources Committee’s (FERC) first public meeting on the future of the county’s energy production.
    BPU has adopted a goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2040 but has not developed a plan for reaching that goal or even determined which definition of carbon neutrality they support.
    FERC was created to in part to begin looking at those issues. The committee is charged with:
    • Examining and recommending a definition of carbon neutrality for the county.
    • Studying and recommending future renewable energy generation resources.
    • Studying and recommending policy toward distributed generation in the county.

  • Lab scientists earn major award

    Outstanding performance in two vital mission areas resulted in prestigious awards for two Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists this week.
    U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced a select list of U.S. scientists and engineers as recipients of the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award.
    The honor is conferred for their contributions in research and development that supports the Energy Department’s science, energy and national security missions.
    “This year’s announcement of E.O. Lawrence Awards for two of our staff members serves to confirm the vibrant, mission-critical work being done at Los Alamos,” said LANL Director Charlie McMillan. “Eric Dors, in the area of space-based nuclear nonproliferation, and Chris Fryer, in high-energy and computational multi physics, are outstanding representatives of the capabilities Los Alamos provides in national-security science. We are united with Secretary Moniz in recognizing the essential contributions they have made to global security applications and basic science.”

  • LAPS computer technician receives certification

    Dean Obermeyer, the technology coordinator at Los Alamos Public Schools, recently earned the Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) designation by passing a certification exam.
    The CETL certification, awarded by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), was awarded for Obermeyer’s mastering “the knowledge and skills needed to bring 21st century technology to our K-12 school systems,” according to the district.
    “Earning the Certified Education Technology Leader certification demonstrates a commitment to bringing 21st century learning to our nation’s schools. Because of the CETL recertification requirements, certified leaders pledge to stay current in this ever-changing field of education technology,” said Keith Krueger, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of CoSN.
    To receive certification, the candidate must demonstrate experience in the education technology field and pass a comprehensive two-part examination based on the 10 skill areas in CoSN’s Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO.
    Once the CETL certification is earned, the professional must complete 60 hours of professional development activities every three years to maintain the designation.

  • Police Beat 5-22-15

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    May 14

    7:14 a.m. — Phillip Thomason, 22, of Jemez Springs was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant at the University of New Mexico. The original charge was possession of a controlled substance, Nov. 26, 2014.

    May 16

    Patricia MacMillan, 31, of Los Alamos was arrested through a warrant from another jurisdiction at the Los Alamos police station.

    May 17

    1:39 a.m. — A 17-year-old Los Alamos female was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) at West Road.

    1:39 a.m. — A 17-year-old Los Alamos female was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) at West Road.

    1:39 a.m. — A 17-year-old Los Alamos female was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) at West Road.

    1:39 a.m. — A 16-year-old Los Alamos male was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) at West Road.

  • Update 5-22-15

    Plant Sale

    There will be a Second Chance Plant Sale Saturday at 811 Tiffany Court on North Mesa. The sale, which is hosted by the Los Alamos Garden Club, will be from 8 a.m.-noon.

    Artists Market

    There will be an Artist Market Saturday at the visitor center in White Rock. The market will run from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 661-4836.

    Warm Water

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will host a Warm Water Weekend Saturday and Sunday. It will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Call 662-8170 for more information.

    Authors Speak

    Anne Hillerman, the author of “Rock Wing Wings” and the daughter of mystery author Tony Hillerman, will be the guest at the Authors Speak Series. The talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 28 in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.

    Co-Op Market

    The Los Alamos Cooperative Market will have its farmers market Saturday on Entrada Road. The market will run from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Mental Health

  • Local Briefs 5-22-15

    MPNHP committee meets Tuesday

    Los Alamos County announced the next meeting of the newly-established Manhattan Project National Historical Park Advisory Committee will be Tuesday.
    The advisory committee is comprised of political, community and business leaders, as well as members of the public at-large. The committee is tasked to advise the county council on action to make preparations for next year’s opening of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
    The meeting will be from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the county’s municipal building. The committee has not yet determined a time, date and location for its future regular meetings.
    The public is invited to attend Tuesday’s meeting. Residents can also sign up to receive an informational newsletter to track the progress of the committee. That can be done at the county’s website, losalamosnm.us/Pages/Subscribe.aspx.

    YCC to host meeting at its garden

  • LAMS top athletes named

    A quartet of Los Alamos Middle School athletes were named the Hawks’ Athletes of the Year Monday at a ceremony. Among the winners were Neha Sadasivan and Hunter Swavely for seventh grade and Paulina Burnside and Elijah Velasquez for eighth grade. The award, according to LAMS officials, is based on athletic skill, athletic performance, number of sports participated in, attitude, citizenship and grade-point average.

  • Johnson to be new LAMS principal

    New Los Alamos Public Schools superintendent Kurt Steinhaus announced today that Mike Johnson will take over the principal duties at Los Alamos Middle School.
    Johnson has been the assistant principal at Los Alamos High School. He will take over the position at the middle school following the resignation of Rex Kilburn.
    More information will appear soon in the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Community weighs in on future of preserve

    The dining hall at the Betty Ehart Senior Center was packed earlier last week with more than 100 residents wanting to weigh in on how the Valles Caldera National Preserve will be managed by the National Park Service.
    Legislation passed by the United States Congress in December transferred management of the VCNP from a board of trustees operating under the National Forest Service to NPS. During the transition, the trust will continue to manage daily operations — under NPS guidance — until Sept. 30.
    NPS is seeking public input as it formulates a management plan for the preserve. The enabling legislation allots three years for that process.
    “This is just another chapter in the evolution of the protection of this very special place,” NPS Acting Superintendent Charles Strickfaden said. “We’re spending time and money and energy to make sure that we know what the public wants. We’re not preordained. We’re not presuming that we know what you want.”
    Strickfaden and Valles Caldera Trust Executive Director Jorge Silva-Bañuelos, assisted by facilitator Lucy Moore, conducted listening sessions in Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque last week. All three sessions had high turnout, with approximately 150 people in Albuquerque and 100 at each of the other two venues.