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  • Subcontractors score a win in D.C.

    Coordinated lobbying by the Los Alamos National Laboratory Major Subcontractors Consortium (LANL MSC), a collaborative of the 35 largest LANL Subcontractors, and the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities has achieved a victory for local contractors.
    Pete Maggiore, assistant manager of the Environmental Projects Office at the NNSA Los Alamos Field Office, announced during the Feb. 19 Energy Technology and Environmental Business Association meeting held in Santa Fe that “the DOE EM got the message that the LANS ADEP MTOA contracts will be utilized for environmental cleanup work under the DOE EM Bridge contract with LANS, LLC.”
    The bridge contracts will be in effect for the next 18 to 24 months until a new prime contractor is selected.
    The consortium and the coalition traveled to Washington, D.C. as separate entities the week of Feb. 9 in order to meet with New Mexico’s congressional delegation and Department of Energy leadership.
    The coalition included the subcontractor’s concerns as part of their larger agenda.
    One of the consortium’s two major issues was the environmental clean-up transition from the National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) to DOE’s Environmental Management (EM) division following the Feb. 14, 2014 waste release incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Project.

  • Accused dealer caught on video

    Just before they were arrested, one of the drug dealers nabbed in a high-profile Los Alamos drug bust complained about a customer never buying enough drugs from them and not being very sociable.
    Los Alamos Police Department has been busy making sweeps of the county, busting drug dealers in a coordinated effort in recent weeks and numerous arrests have been made via its efforts.
    Among the recent busts was Kelly Casados, who police said they captured on surveillance video.
    “(Casados) is also heard on the video making statements about trafficking methamphetamine. She seems upset that (customer) ‘buys s--- from us’ then leaves right after, wanting (customer) to hang out for a while afterwards,” read a statement in court records.
    Shortly after that drug deal, police said, Casados, 46, boyfriend Ron Snow, 40, and the dealer that supplied them with the drugs to sell, Joe Martinez, 50, were arrested in late January.
    Snow’s and Martinez’s attorneys, along with their clients, are due to appear in court April 1 for a preliminary hearing. The hearing will be to determine if there is enough evidence to have their cases continued in first district court.
    Casados’ case is already going to district court.

  • Today in history Feb. 28
  • LANL scientists named fellows in physics society

    A group of nine Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists are new Fellows of the American Physical Society.
    Cristian Batista, Malcolm Boshier, Dana Dattelbaum, Stephen Doorn, Michelle Espy, George Rodriguez, Avadh Saxena, Sergei Tretiak and Lin Yin are the new honorees from LANL.
    “Selection as American Physical Society fellows is de facto proof of the vibrant engagement Los Alamos scientists are having with the larger technical community,” said LANL director Charlie McMillan. “I am proud of the contributions Los Alamos scientists bring to these professional societies through papers, scientific conference attendance, and other professional interactions. Collaboration and the exchange of ideas through affiliations within societies such as APS play an important role in fueling the scientific innovation required to accomplish our national-security mission.”
    APS nominations are evaluated by the Fellowship Committee of the appropriate APS division, topical group or forum, or by the APS General Fellowship committee. After review by the full APS Fellowship Committee, the successful candidates are elected by the APS Council.

  • Update 2-27-15

    Breakfast

    There will be a Cowboy Breakfast at Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge from 7-11 a.m. Sunday. Price for the breakfast is $7 for adults, $4 for children.

    Testing

    PARCC testing will begin Monday at all Los Alamos Public School sites. PARCC testing will continue through March 27.

    Kiwanis Club

    John Gulas, the new chief executive officer for Los Alamos National Bank, will speak at the Kiwanis Club meeting Tuesday. The meeing will be from noon-1 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.

    Sierra Club

    The Sierra Club Public Meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at UNM-LA. Angelica Gurule of the Los Alamos County Green Team leader will speak. The public is welcome to attend.

    D.C. trip meeting

    A meeting for students attending the 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C. is set for 3 p.m. March 6 at Los Alamos Middle School. Parents are encouraged to attend. Call Roberta Cocking at 670-0679 for more information.

    County Council

    The next Los Alamos County Council meeting is 7 p.m. March 3 in council chambers.

  • LAPS candidate forums scheduled

    Those who want a hand in deciding who is going to be the next superintendent of the Los Alamos Public School system should definitely mark their calendars for Monday and Wednesday.
    On those days, public forums will be held at the Los Alamos Speech Theater at 7 p.m. The Speech Theater is located between the gym and the library.
    Los Alamos School Board and its subcommittees have narrowed down the choice of candidates to two. Those are Dr. Chris Marczak and Dr. Kurt Steinhaus.
    Marczak will be appearing at the Monday forum and Steinhaus will be appearing at the Wednesday forum.
    The candidates are also scheduled to be interviewed on KRSN radio (1490 AM, 107.1 FM) at 8:30 a.m. Marczak will be on KRSN Monday and Steinhaus on Wednesday.
    Those planning to attend can fill out 3x5 cards, which will be will be available at the forums, where they can write questions down for the forum’s commentators to ask.
    The candidates will each give a presentation before the Q and A session.
    For more information about the search, go to laschools.net to find a section titled “Superintendent Search.”

  • 'Star Trek' actor Nimoy dies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leonard Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of “Star Trek” fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died.
    Nimoy died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home, said his son, Adam Nimoy. He was 83.
    Although Nimoy followed his 1966-69 “Star Trek” run with a notable career as both an actor and director, in the public’s mind he would always be Spock. His half-human, half-Vulcan character was the calm counterpoint to William Shatner’s often-emotional Captain Kirk on one of TV and film’s most revered cult series.
    “He affected the lives of many,” Adam Nimoy said. “He was also a great guy and my best friend.”
    Asked if his father chafed at his fans’ close identification of him with his character, Adam Nimoy said, “Not in the least. He loved Spock.”
    However, Leonard Nimoy displayed ambivalence to the role in the titles of his two autobiographies, “I Am Not Spock” (1975) and “I Am Spock” (1995).
    After “Star Trek” ended, the actor immediately joined the hit adventure series “Mission Impossible” as Paris, the mission team’s master of disguises.

  • Police Beat 2-27-15

    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, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Feb. 19

    10:05 a.m. — Elijah Meason, 25, of Los Alamos was arrested for driving while operating a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicating liquor on Trinity Drive.

    12:15 p.m. — Deanna Doss, 28, of Santa Cruz was arrested for trafficking controlled substances at the Los Alamos police station.

    12:24 p.m. — Celso Ramos, 35, of Santa Cruz was arrested for trafficking controlled substances on Sherwood Boulevard.

    1:41 p.m. — A 16-year-old Hernandez teen was arrested through a district court warrant at the Los Alamos Justice Center. The original charge was battery, stemming from an incident that took place on Central Avenue Oct. 16, 2013.

  • Some House GOP members not worried about DHS shutdown

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders eager to avert a partial government shutdown are getting heat from conservative colleagues who ask what the fuss is all about.
    Numerous House Republicans say it’s preferable to let the Homeland Security Department go unfunded for a few days, at least, if that’s the cost of undoing a White House immigration policy they consider unlawful. These lawmakers say the impact on national security would be minimal, as would the political risks.
    “Shutting down” the agency known as DHS “is a set of words that don’t really have the meaning that people attribute to it,” said Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama. “There was hardly any effect whatsoever on the Department of Homeland Security from the last shutdown, and I would anticipate a similar effect this time.”
    Brooks was referring to the 2013 partial federal government shutdown that Americans blamed mostly on Republicans, and which many GOP leaders have vowed not to repeat.
    Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa was equally dismissive.
    “We’re never going to see a shutdown over this,” King told reporters Thursday. DHS’s “essential services” will continue, he said, although “some paychecks may be delayed.”

  • Parking lot will be closed near pond

    Los Alamos County announced Wednesday the parking lot adjacent to Ashley Pond at the corner of Trinity Drive and 20th Street will be closed starting March 2.
    According to the county, Teen Center Remodel contractor R&M Construction will be using this parking lot as a staging area while the community building is remodeled.
    Toward the end of the remodel, the parking lot is scheduled to be reconfigured and reconstructed.
    During the time of the parking lot closure, the United States Post Office mailboxes and the UPS drop box, currently situated in the parking lot, will be relocated. They will be moved to the north side of Deacon Street near El Parasol restaurant.
    The parking lot is scheduled to reopen in September. During the closure, overflow Ashley Pond parking will be at Mesa Public Library and at the Justice Center.
    For more information about the closure, call the county’s Community & Economic Development Department at 662-8120.