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Today's News

  • New environmental services manager brings sustainability background

    The Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division has a new person at the helm. Environmental Services Manger Angelica Gurule came onboard the end of June.
    Gurule has a Bachelors of Science and Environmental Science degree from the University of New Mexico, as well as dual masters in information, science and technology from James Madison University and sustainable environmental resource management from the University of Malta, a study abroad program offered through James Madison.
    “(The Malta program) focused on wastewater, energy, agriculture, beach management–since there are lots of beaches on Malta. So I was able to see from a global perspective how different regions manage their resources, including waste and recyclable material,” Gurule said.
    As a student in Malta, Gurule helped with cleanup events sponsored by the U.S. Embassy (she was shocked to see the lack of consciousness about throwing trash such as cigarette butts on beaches) and on raising awareness about issues like recycling.
    Gurule was employed by Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Environmental-Risk Reduction Office from 2003 through 2012.
    “It’s really at the lab that I gained all my experience and love for sustainability and waste reduction, pollution prevention and environmental stewardship,” Gurule said.

  • Today in history July 12
  • Alleged burglar nabbed

    The long arm of the Los Alamos Police Department recently went all the way to Madisonville, Texas, to get a burglary suspect.
    In this case, that man happened to be suspect Timber Morrow. Police are accusing Morrow of burglarizing the “Smart House” in 2013.
    The Smart House, located at 1925 Trinity Drive, is a testing ground for new energy distribution technology. It’s a collaboration between the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology and Development Organization.
    According to an earlier story that appeared in the Los Alamos Monitor, the house includes two sources of alternative power and is hooked into the LANL’s and NEDO’s larger, experimental “Smart Grid” of photovoltaic cells that is currently supplying approximately 1 megawatt of power to Los Alamos.
    According to that story, “features of the house include passive solar design, its own PV array and storage battery to augment power from the grid, a ‘smart’ meter to indicate usage and power supply available in real time and smart appliances as well as an HVAC system that responds to the amount of power available. Computer systems that allow residents to monitor and control usage are being demonstrated and tested by Kyocera, NEC and Sharp.”

  • LeBron heading back to Cleveland

     

    CLEVELAND (AP) — If LeBron James was going to win another NBA title, heal broken hearts and continue building his legacy, he knew there was only one place to go.

    To Ohio. Home.

    Four years after he left for Miami, a widely criticized departure that damaged his image and crushed a long-suffering city's championship hopes, James is coming back to play for the Cavaliers to try and end Cleveland's half-century title drought. He's returning to his basketball roots, to the people who know him best to make good on a promise.

  • Amtrak CEO to stop in SF about train route

    SANTA FE (AP) — Amtrak’s top executive is to travel through New Mexico on Saturday to meet with officials about keeping the Southwest Chief on its current route.
    But New Mexico Transportation Department spokeswoman Melissa Dosher said no official from Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration plans to meet with Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman because the agency didn’t learn of the tour until receiving a news release from the rail operator Thursday morning.
    Boardman will take a special train along the Southwest Chief route from Kansas through southeastern Colorado to Albuquerque, Amtrak said. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., will travel with Boardman in the state, and they’ll to meet with local officials along the route.
    Amtrak has warned that the route might be changed unless there are improvements to the track owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe. Amtrak has proposed that New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas help share the costs of maintaining and upgrading 600 miles of track used through their states for the Southwest Chief. Amtrak’s operating agreement with BNSF expires in January 2016.
    An Amtrak official has told New Mexico lawmakers that BNSF doesn’t want to upgrade sections of the track used by its slower-moving freight trains to meet the higher speed requirements.

  • Fender bender

    LAPD deals with the aftermath of a fender bender on the corner of Diamond Drive and Canyon Road on Thursday.

  • Cone zone 07-11-14

     

     

    Central Avenue Improvements Project:

    Central Avenue continues to be fully closed between 15th Street and 20th Street for night work between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.

    During the daytime, Central Avenue between 15th and 20th will consist of one lane of westbound traffic. Eastbound Central traffic will be detoured to Deacon, to 15th and back to eastbound Central. The detour was moved from Trinity Drive to Deacon to enhance traffic flow.

    On-street parking on Central will be closed, please use alternate parking in the area.

    The contractor plans on working a day and night crew in an effort to complete this section of the project within the first 60 days of the construction. When possible, please use alternate business entrances including those along Deacon, 15th Street, and 20th Street.

    Pedestrian detour signs are posted, please use the detour and stay out of the work zone.

    N.M. 502 / Trinity Storm Drain Improvements:

    Contractors will be working this weekend on the north Knecht intersection at Trinity, which continues to be closed through Monday to install the storm drain across Knecht. Knecht south of Trinity will remain open. Eastbound Trinity traffic will be maintained. Access north Knecht from Central. This will be the final phase of the project.

     

  • LANL Foundation offering grants

    First Born Los Alamos has been awarded a $517,500 grant from the New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department to resume providing support for families having their first child.
    CYFD will award $172,500 a year over five years to serve 58 families each year. First Born Los Alamos, which opened in 2008, had been closed for two years due to lack of funding. A project of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, home visitors provide free support for first-time parents from pregnancy until a child is 3 years old. Participants in 13 other state programs range from professional women in their 40s to teen mothers to first-time fathers.
    Susan Herrera, CEO of the LANL Foundation called the grant a perfect example of state government enabling Foundations to help the communities they serve. The LANL Foundation supports similar programs in Rio Arriba, San Juan, McKinley, San Miguel, Guadalupe and Mora counties.
    Anna Marie Garcia, First Born program director, said reopening the Los Alamos office sends a strong message that the program is for everyone and that it can fit the needs of any family in New Mexico. “Everyone wants to be a good parent,” Garcia said, “First Born just shows them how.”
    Services in Los Alamos began in 2008 and have been suspended for the last two years due to lack of funding.

  • Caldera releases final EIS

     The Valles Caldera Trust has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Landscape Restoration and Stewardship Plan (Stewardship Plan).
    The Stewardship Plan proposes a 10-year strategy for the restoration and stewardship of the forest, grassland, shrubland and riparian ecosystems of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
    Proposed activities include, forest thinning, wildland fire management, road closure, decommissioning, maintenance and repair; riparian restoration, erosion control, burned area rehabilitation, and noxious weed eradication and control.
    The DRAFT EIS was released in August 2013 for a 45-day public review and comment period.
    Based on the comments received, minor changes were made to the draft document.
    Those changes and a complete record of the comments received and our responses are provided in appendices.
    The appendices and the FEIS for the Stewardship Plan can be viewed or downloaded in their entirety or in individual chapters (smaller files).
    Hard copies have been distributed to the following public libraries: Albuquerque-Bernalillo County, Española, Jemez Pueblo, Jemez Springs, Los Alamos, Loma Colorado (Rio Rancho), New Mexico State Library (Santa Fe), Santa Fe and White Rock.

  • Update 07-11-14

    Lunch with a Leader

    The League of Women Voter’s invites the community to attend the monthly Lunch with a Leader that will feature Los Alamos’ new police chief, Chief Dino Sgambelone. The event is 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday at the Mesa Public Library.

    Horse show

    Los Alamos County Horse Show. 10 a.m. Saturday at Brewer Arena, North Mesa Rodeo Grounds. For cost and more information call 662-8170.

    Concert series

    Gordon Summer Concert Series. Eric McFadden Band. 7-10 p.m. today at Ashley Pond.

    Reception

    The Paintings of Ryszard Wasilewski. Opening Reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. today. Upstairs in the Mesa Public Library Gallery. Daily through Aug. 5.

    Caldera Trustees

    The Valles Caldera Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. today at the Holiday Inn Express in Los Alamos. The public is invited.