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Today's News

  • School board bans E-cigs

     

    Even though the verdict’s still out as to whether or not electronic cigarettes are safer than actual cigarettes, the Los Alamos School Board isn’t taking any chances. 

    At this week’s board meeting the board and the school administration both agreed to ban them outright while they continue to craft an official policy regarding electronic cigarettes.

    For now, electronic cigarettes are off limits to visitors, staff, teachers and students. No one on school campus can have them, regardless if they contain nicotine or not. 

  • McMillan: Budget problems impact lab's mission

     

    Los Alamos National Laboratory director Charlie McMillan was in Washington last week to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Strategic Forces.

    McMillan provided an update on recent Los Alamos technical and scientific achievements; the proposed plutonium strategy under evaluation in numerous national security circles; and, Los Alamos budget realities that pose challenges to meeting the lab’s mission requirements.

    The following came from the Senate website and this was McMillan’s written testimony to the subcommittee.

    McMillan spent most of his testimony talking about plutonium.

  • Beer co-op buys brewing system

     

    The Los Alamos Beer Co-op arecently nnounced the purchase of a 3.5-bbl brewing system. This equipment was purchased from Bosque Brewing in Albuquerque. Bosque Brewing is upgrading to a larger system after only two years in operation, so the Beer Co-op was able to take advantage of Bosque’s success while securing a system that will facilitate progress in towards the goal of opening a brewery and taproom in Los Alamos this fall.

    The LABC has been in negotiations for both space and equipment since 2013. Recent member loan investments have made the purchase of the brewing system possible.

    “Purchasing brewing equipment puts us one step closer to being a reality,” said LABC board President, Micheline Devaurs. “Buying a used system makes great sense in this market because the lead time to purchase new equipment is often over a year due to demand. Used systems like the one we purchased can be fairly new, because breweries size up quickly.”

  • Council to lobby for full-time clerk compensation

     

    On Thursday, the Los Alamos County Council wrapped up loose ends during a special session on the two remaining charter articles reviewed by the Charter Review Committee (CRC).  

    Council took another look at the county clerk’s position, to decide whether they should put a ballot measure before the voters to change the clerk to a full-time, appointed position as it is in all New Mexico municipalities, or ask the legislature to raise the salary cap from that of a part time position to full-time compensation.

    The CRC had recommended keeping the clerk an elected position, as it is in the current charter, but also recognized that the clerk’s duties have grown in recent years, largely due to changes in state law, and that this should be compensated as a fulltime position. Due to Los Alamos’ status a Class H, incorporated county, the clerk also fills dual roles as both county and municipal clerk. 

  • Luján checks out STEM at UNM-LA

    Rep. Ben Ray Lujãn (D-N.M.) visited the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos recently, anxious to learn more about the programs there and how he can help further the university’s immersion in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programming.
    Lujãn has publicly stated his support of STEM programming, not only as a means to stabilize New Mexico’s economy, but also as means of economic mobility for New Mexico’s high school and college-aged students.
    Accompanying him on his tour of the campus were UNM-LA’s Executive Director Dr. Cedric Page, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Cindy J. Rooney, Carole G. Rutten, the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Institutional Program Manager for Education in the Community Programs Office and others.
    One goal Lujan hoped to achieve by his visit was to drive home the importance of STEM-based programming to his counterparts in Washington as well as the importance of branch campuses in general.

  • McMillan addresses pit production report

    Los Alamos National Laboratory director Charlie McMillan was in Washington last week to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Strategic Forces.
    McMillan provided an update on recent Los Alamos technical and scientific achievements; the proposed plutonium strategy under evaluation in numerous national security circles; and, Los Alamos budget realities that pose challenges to meeting mission requirements.
    The following came from the Senate website and this was McMillan’s written testimony to the subcommittee.
    In his testimony, McMillan addressed a recent Pit Production report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), which was written by Jonathan Medalia.
    Medalia received the help of Brett Kniss, Drew Kornreich, and Amy Wong, of Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Greg Mello and Trish Williams-Mello of Los Alamos Study Group in drafting the report.
     “Many of the ideas in the report were originally contemplated by lab staff as they began to look at alternatives to CMRR‐NF,” McMillan said. “While the report is comprehensive, it fails to recognize many of the risks and challenges certain options would face.”

  • Cone Zone

     

    The weekly Cone Zone returns with a preview of upcoming construction projects that are scheduled to occur this spring/summer. 

    N.M. 502 / Trinity Storm Drain Improvements:

    Starting on approximately May 5, construction will begin on Trinity Drive between DP Road and Knecht Street. Work will include trenching in the north side of Trinity to install storm drains and lateral storm water lines. This project will require significant traffic control. As the traffic control plans are approved, additional information will be included in these construction updates and on the project website. This work is expected to last through mid-July.

    Western Area Phase 2 Improvements: 

  • Briefs 04-19-14

     

    Reward for lost art

     

    Some high school art was recently stolen from the Youth Gallery at Mesa Public Library. LAHS Art teacher, Mary Grace is asking that the art be returned with no questions asked, a reward for the return is possible, 

    The pieces include a Ninja turtles design consisted of 4 smaller pictures, (one in pencil, three in marker) on one page and a tiger. 

    Questions or information can be directed to Grace at 663-2588.

     

    Prescribed burn set for Tuesday

  • Today in history April 19
  • Thousands make Good Friday trek to Chimayo

     

    CHIMAYO (AP) — Before dawn, thousands of pilgrims set off on a Good Friday march to El Santuario de Chimayo as part of a centuries old tradition.

    Some of those making the trek were weighed down by wooden crosses, while others carried rosaries, photographs of sick relatives and requests for miracles. Some came from more than 90 miles away, having walked for days.

    Dustin Nguyen, a 17-year-old who emigrated from Vietnam to New Mexico with his family several years ago, made a 10-mile trek to the shrine Friday morning with a group from St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Albuquerque.

    "It shows we're one under God," Nguyen told The New Mexican.

    For two centuries, Hispanic and Native American pilgrims have made spiritual journeys to Chimayo, one of the most popular Catholic shrines in the Americas. Some 200,000 people are estimated to visit the National Historic Landmark each year, with the bulk occurring during Holy Week.

    The draw is a shrine at the adobe chapel that houses "el pocito," a small pit of holy dirt that some believe possesses curing powers.