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  • Council OKs CIP funding wish list

    The Los Alamos County Council had a light agenda on Tuesday. Approval of the county’s top priorities for capital improvements and infrastructure projects that could be eligible for state funding topped the list.
    County Administrator Harry Burgess explained why the list included 89 projects scheduled for the next five fiscal years, even though the New Mexico state legislature typically considers funding for no more than five CIP projects per county.
    “It’s become more of a requirement that for any state funds to be granted, a project must be on our CIP,” Burgess said. “So we do our best to be very exhaustive in listing those various projects out into the future.”
    This year’s top five projects are the same as last year’s, but the order has been changed.
    Last year’s top priority, Jemez Mountains Regional Fire Protection Phase 2, is now number five. The project calls for expanding fire protections on Pajarito Mountain with a focus on water supply. Phase one funds helped rebuild the Los Alamos Reservoir and construct a holding pond on the mountain.
    That project remains a priority, but staff does not see funding in next year’s cycle as critical, since the county has not yet received $375,000 allocated by the 2013 legislature.

  • Pajarito Pipeline work may start in September

    Even though it’s August already, representatives of a ski resort that recently took over the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area from the Pajarito Ski Club are insisting they will be ready for skiers by late November.
    At a recent meeting at the Trinity On the Hill Episcopal Church, representatives of Sipapu, Los Alamos County and the U.S. Forest Service revealed the key to their confidence to the members of the Pajarito Ski Club.
    Their solution is a temporary, but fast, solution to get water from the county reservoir to Pajarito Ski Area for the purpose of making artificial snow.
    “We have neighbors in Los Alamos that have water and we have neighbors at the ski area that need the water, the National Forest is in between, so we’re working with them to help get the water from over here to over there for them to use,” said Sandy Erlocher, to the audience at the meeting. Erlocher is a U.S. Forest ranger that manages the Española National Forest District.
    The plan is to connect a temporary, above-ground, four inches in diameter pipeline between the reservoir and the ski area and equip it with temporary pumping stations. Power will come from electrical cables already in the area. The project is expected to be completed by mid-October.

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  • LANL to transport C-130 today

    Los Alamos National Laboratory will receive a C-130 airplane from Kirtland Air Force Base. The fuselage of the plane will be used for emergency response training purposes.
    “This plane will boost our training capabilities for first responders,” Christian Rittner of the Laboratory’s Security and Emergency Operations Division said.
    The plane, which is surplus from Kirtland Air Force Base, has been demilitarized and will be located at the Laboratory’s emergency response training area at Technical Area 49.
    The C-130 will depart from Kirtland via flatbed truck and will arrive in Los Alamos. The expected transportation time is six hours and will be transported, under escort by N.M. State Police, via Intestate 25, north to NM 599, to US 84/285, west on NM 502 and up NM 4 to Technical Area 49.

  • Former Sandia scientist pleads guilty to transporting government property to China

     Jianyu Huang, a scientist formerly employed by Sandia Corporation at Sandia National Laboratories pleaded guilty this afternoon to making a false statement and unlawfully transporting converted government property in interstate and foreign commerce.
    The guilty plea was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez and Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division.
    Huang, 46, a naturalized U.S. citizen from the People’s Republic of China who resides in Albuquerque was arrested in June 2012, on a six-count indictment charging him with misusing U.S. government resources and equipment to conduct research for Chinese research institutions and with falsely stating that he did not intend to take U.S. government equipment with him on a trip to China. The indictment subsequently was superseded to add an interstate transportation of converted property charge and a theft of government property charge. Huang was employed by Sandia until his employment was terminated in late April 2012.

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  • Relay for Life

    This year’s Relay for Life Team to raise money for the American Cancer Society featured “Team SGR,” Eric Vasquez, Elia Vasquez, Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard, Tarin Nix, and Karyl Ann Armbruster. The team, LA DEMS, raised more than $2,000 for cancer research.

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