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Today's News

  • BPU rejects home solar fee

     

     Council chambers were packed for a Board of Public Utilities’ public hearing on a revised electric rate structure on Wednesday. The majority of the citizens that turned out were protesting a proposed fee on customers with home solar systems. 

    The home solar advocates achieved their goal: the board struck that provision before passing the ordinance in a unanimous vote. 

    A debate has been raging around the issue ever since a Cost of Service and Rate Design Study conducted by Leidos proposed a $10 distributed generation fee beginning in January, increasing to $12 in July. 

    The fee was to cover infrastructure costs, which are currently built into the commodities charge. Large home PV users’ commodity charge is often covered completely by the excess power they put back into the grid.

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  • Opinion: Debate over home solar fees highlights larger issues

     

    The Department of Public Utilities’ proposal to charge home solar customers a fixed fee to cover infrastructure costs opened the proverbial “can of worms.”

    Issues raised during the debate indicate that the Board of Public Utilities may need to completely rethink the current rate structure model and develop long-term policies and action plans for achieving them. 

    BPU struck that provision from the new electric rate structure ordinance heading to council for approval Dec.16, but several board members as well as members of the public remarked on the need to delve more deeply into the concerns raised during the debate. 

  • NTSB assigns cause to fatal plane crash

     

    The National Transportation Safety Board recently assigned a cause to a fatal plane accident that happened in Los Alamos almost one year ago. 

    In early December of last year, Harmony, Minnesota resident Michael Fjetland, 51 landed his two-seater Aviat Husky A-1C-200 airplane at the Los Alamos County Airport. Along for the ride was his friend and business partner Kevin Burrs. After exploring Los Alamos and making a Christmas shopping trip to Santa Fe, the two businessmen decided to take off on the morning of Dec. 8. Shortly after takeoff, the Husky, which Fjetland was piloting at the time, crashed into Los Alamos/Omega Canyon, killing the two men instantly. 

    The NTSB, a federal entity charged with investigating aviation and ground transportation accidents, said the pilot, due to adverse weather conditions and other factors, simply lost control of the plane, causing it to crash. 

  • LAPD names deputy chief

     

    Commander Jason Wardlow-Herrera will be promoted to Los Alamos County Deputy Chief of Police and there will be a ceremony at 2 p.m. Monday in the Magistrate Court chambers.

    Wardlow-Herrera graduated from the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy on June 26, 2003 and started his career with the Taos County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy sheriff.  He worked for the Taos County Sheriff’s Department for three and half years prior to starting with the Los Alamos Police Department on Sept. 25, 2006.  

    During his tenure at the Los Alamos Police Department, Wardlow-Herrera has held a number of different positions including Field Training Officer Coordinator, Professional Standards Lieutenant, Accreditation Manager, Detention Commander, PSA Commander, and most recently the Operations Commander. Wardlow-Herrera holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and an Associate of Arts in General Studies. 

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     Director denies lab hid facts from WIPP 

    SANTA FE (AP) — The head of Los Alamos National Laboratory is denouncing a published report that exposed missteps at the lab that had played a part in a radiation leak at the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports lab director Charlie McMillian sent a memo to employees earlier this week.

    In it, he dismisses suggestions that the lab was hiding scientific theories about the Feb. 14 accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

  • LAECCA taking applications

     

     The Los Alamos Early College and Career Academy (LAECCA) is currently accepting applications from Los Alamos High School students for its program.  

    The LAECCA is a program that is designed to give high school students early access to post secondary career and technical education opportunities while attending high school.  There are multiple career and academic pathways a high school student may choose from if accepted into the LAECCA.

     Some students will earn certifications, some will earn an Associates Degree and some will gain a head start on credits or certifications for  their post-secondary goals. 

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