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Today's News

  • BPU votes to stream meetings

    Pressure has been mounting for the Board of Public Utilities to take advantage of audio/visual technology at the municipal building to live stream their meetings and provide on-demand recordings.
    Several members of the citizenry have raised the issue at recent BPU and Los Alamos County Council meetings.
    The board voted unanimously on Wednesday to begin streaming and on-demand viewing in January. The motion also requires that recordings dating to July 2013 be posted on the county website.
    The board also voted to move their meetings from room 110 in the municipal building to council chambers in order to have adequate space for presenters and the public.
    During the recent debate over whether to initiate a fixed wire charge for home solar customers, ratepayers asked BPU to develop a plan for addressing industry changes and meeting the Department of Public Utilities’ strategic goal of being carbon-neutral by 2040. They called for citizen input in that planning.
    At Wednesday’s meeting, the board began discussion about forming an ad hoc citizens committee to investigate future renewable energy resources.
    DPU Manager Tim Glasco suggested three issues the committee should address. They are:

  • UNM-LA board candidates file for ballot

    Besides school board candidates, the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office also had plenty of candidates from the University of New Mexico, Los Alamos Advisory Board, show up, as four candidates showed up at the office to officially declare their candidacy Dec. 16.
    According to state election laws, candidates wanting to declare their official candidacy for the board in person must do so on that date.
    On Tuesday, UNM-LA Advisory Board Chairman Stephen Boerigter put in his reelection bid, declaring for “Position Four.” Since no other candidates for the position came in that day, most likely Boerigter, the incumbent, will go unchallenged during the Feb 3 elections, unless a write-in candidate files on or before Dec. 30, the cutoff date for doing so.
    That same date applies for potential Los Alamos School Board candidates as well.
    “Position Three” was the only other seat up for grabs, as the person who occupied that position, Linda Hull, opted not to run again.
    Candidates that showed up for the position on Tuesday included Troy Hughes, Michael Di Rosa and James Nealy Robinson.
    For Boerigter, running for reelection was an easy choice.

  • Record-Breaking Year

    Thanks to a record-breaking year of charity giving by employees at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, United Way of Northern New Mexico has made it to the halfway point in its fundraising campaign for its Community Action Fund, UWNNM’s fund that helps local nonprofits.
    To mark the occasion, Kurt Steinhaus (left), executive director of LANL’s Community Programs Office, UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega (center) and LANL’s Principal Associate Director Alan Bishop meet at the UWNNM’s Community Action Fund Thermometer in front of the Los Alamos County Post Office to mark the occasion. Bishop was in charge of LANL’s charity drive this year.

  • New Mexico Bowl outlook

    Utah State (9-4, 6-2 Mountain West) vs. UTEP (7-5, 5-3 C-USA), 2:20 p.m. ET, (ESPN)

    Line: Utah State by 10

    Series Record: Utah State, 2-0

    WHAT'S AT STAKE

    Utah State is a win away from notching its third straight bowl victory for the first time in school history. The Aggies are 3-5 in bowl games and have made the postseason for four straight years. The Miners are seeking their first bowl game victory since 1967 and are coming off their first winning season since 2005.

    KEY MATCHUP

    UTEP's rushing offense versus Utah State's rushing defense. The Miners have 2,552 yards rushing and 27 touchdowns on the ground this season and have rushed for an average of 212.7 yards per game. Utah State ranks 26th in the nation in rushing defense. The Aggies also have forced 29 turnovers in their last 12 games.

    PLAYERS TO WATCH

    Utah State: Brothers Zach and Nick Vigil, both linebackers, have combined for 181 tackles. Senior Zach Vigil is tied at 12th nationally in tackles for loss with 11.2 per game. Sophomore Nick Vigil is tied for fifth nationally in forced fumbles with .42 per game.

  • Report: Radiation release at WIPP low

    CARLSBAD (AP) — A final report by independent researchers shows the radiological release from the federal government’s underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico was low and localized.
    The report released Thursday by the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center also says no negative health effects are expected among workers or the public.
    The research center is associated with New Mexico State University.
    Its technicians have been collecting samples since February, when a container of waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory ruptured after being placed in a storage room at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
    Sampling stations at and near WIPP confirmed the presence of trace amounts of americium and plutonium.
    The release forced the indefinite closure of WIPP. Federal officials have said it could take years and a half-billion dollars to restart operations.

  • Ringing In the Season

    Energetic and entertaining bell ringers at Smith’s add to the Christmas spirit. Carmen Bouquin and Sophia Jeffery brought a fresh twist to the traditional bell ringer. More Salvation Army bell ringers are needed. Those interested should contact the Betty Ehart Senior Center for details.

  • Police Beat 12-19-14

    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.

    Dec. 16

    10:47 p.m. — Dustin Nelson, 25, of Los Alamos was arrested through a Los Alamos Municipal Court warrant at the Los Alamos Justice Center. The original charge was aggravated operating a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor at Canyon Road on May 18.

    Dec. 11

    10:22 p.m. — Kenneth Hagedorn, 33 of Los Alamos was arrested for aggravated assault in the 1000 block of Sioux.

    Dec. 12

    12:06 p.m. — A 59-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of criminal damage to property (less than $1000) at Dogwood Street.

    9:46 p.m. — A 17-year-old Farmington teen was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction at the Los Alamos police station.

    10 p.m. — Gilbert Romero, 33 of Cordova was arrested for unlawful use of a license and driving when privilege to do so has been withdrawn. Defendant was arrested on Trinity Drive.

  • Update 12-19-14

    Trash collection

    Next week, Los Alamos County will pick up curbside trash Wednesday for those whose regular collection day is Thursday. Customers should also put trash out Dec. 31 for those whose regularly scheduled collection day is Jan. 1

    Surplus sale

    Los Alamos National Laboratory’s next scheduled surplus property sale will be Jan. 15, weather permitting.

    Walkup Center

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will have abbreviated hours for the upcoming holidays. Wednesday, the aquatic center will close at 5 p.m. and will remain closed until Dec. 26. It will also close at 5 p.m. Dec. 31 and will be closed on Jan. 1. Call 662-8170 for more information.

    Christmas Run

    The final Los Alamos Triatomics Christmas Lights run is scheduled for Monday. The non-competitive run will start in the downtown area near the Fusion Multisport store. The run starts promptly at 6:15 p.m. and anyone interested may participate. For information, visit triatomics.org.

    LEGO League

    The Los Alamos FIRST LEGO League State Qualifier is 9 a.m. Saturday at Los Alamos Middle School’s gymnasium.

  • Americans are skeptical of commercial drones

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans broadly back tight regulations on commercial drone operators, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, as concerns about privacy and safety override the potential benefits of the heralded drone revolution.
    The FAA is expected to propose restricting drones weighing less than 55 pounds to flights under 400 feet high, forbid nighttime flights, and require drones be kept within sight of their operators.
    It also may require drone operators to get pilot’s licenses, which would be controversial. Critics say the skills needed to fly a manned aircraft are different from those needed to operate a drone. But 64 percent support requiring the pilot’s licenses, according to the poll, with more in favor of limiting drone flight altitude and requiring them to be kept within eyesight.
    Eddy Dufault, 58, a machinist and part-time wildlife photographer in Marlborough, Massachusetts, who is considering buying a drone, said he agrees with most of the restrictions, but opposes licensing. It can cost would-be pilots $15,000 for the needed flight training and practice flights, he said, adding it would be more appropriate to require operators to attend a few classes and pass a drone flight test.

  • Jobless rate drops in state

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico’s unemployment rate is down as the state continues to add jobs.
    The state Department of Workforce Solutions reported Friday that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 6.4 percent.
    That’s down from 6.5 percent in October and down from 6.7 percent in November 2013.
    The state’s economy added 14,100 jobs between November 2014 and November 2013, with the November 2014 increase of 3,600 jobs in total. nonfarm employment topping increases during all previous months since the Great Recession.