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Today's News

  • University of Texas makes pitch to Regional Coalition

    If it wasn’t clear to the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities that the University of Texas really wants to be the contractor that manages and operates the Los Alamos National Laboratory, it was the second time officials visited with the coalition Oct. 13 at its regular staff meeting.
    “Of course, we have our own self-interest and reasons for wanting to do this,” former staff member-turned-consultant for the University of Texas Susan Rogers said at the meeting. “This is a serious responsibility that offers a great opportunity in terms of research, visibility and industry partnerships for UT.”
    She also said it would also be great for students and faculty.
    “It will be a wonderful opportunity for our institutions, our faculty and our students. There are many reasons of our own for wanting to do this.”
    UT System is one of many contractors that have shown interest in being the next contractor to manage and operate the laboratory when the management and operations contract expires in September 2018. The NNSA put out a draft request for proposals in late July.
    UT System officials first met with the Regional Coalition in late August, when UT System’s vice chancellor David Daniel met with the coalition for a brief visit.

  • N.M. icon Al Hurricane dies at 81

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Al Hurricane, known as the "Godfather of New Mexico music" for developing a distinct sound bridging the state's unique Hispanic traditions with country and rock, died Sunday.

    His son, Al Hurricane, Jr., told The Associated Press that his father died from complications related to a long battle against prostate cancer. Two of his daughters were at his side.

    He was 81.

    Hurricane, Jr. said his father had already said his goodbyes to his friends, fans and his children. "He didn't want people crying when it was his time to go," his son said.

    His death came two years after the elder Hurricane went on a farewell tour following his announcement he had Stage 4 prostate cancer and kept performing despite chemotherapy treatment.

    Born Alberto Nelson Sanchez on July 10, 1936, in the tiny village of Dixon, New Mexico, he was raised for a time in Ojo Sarco before moving to Arizona and later Albuquerque. He learned to play the guitar thanks to his mother and his father, a miner.

  • Mountain School is higher priority

    An estimated $3.4 million worth of work on heating, ventilation, air conditioning, wiring and roofing at Mountain Elementary School has been moved to the top of the list of capital improvements for the Los Alamos Public Schools.
    The public school board last week approved moving the ranking of capital improvements at its Mountain Elementary to the top.
    The improvement is part of the school district’s Five Year Facilities Master Plan, which is a document accessed by the Public School Facilities Authority (PSFA).
    The school, which opened in 1950 and was last renovated in 2000, had been third on the list.
    However, as the school district has begun finalizing renovations at Barranca Mesa Elementary School estimated to cost $14.8 million, the board met to consider the recommendation of Assistant Superintendent Lisa Montoya to remove Barranca Mesa from the top of the list and move projects at other schools forward.
    The change in ranking would assist in getting additional state funds for the work in a timely manner, said Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus. Up to $1.8 million for state funding for “systems” may be available.
    A few board members expressed concern that moving Mountain Elementary from third to first would slight the two elementary schools in White Rock, which are also at the top of the list.

  • Craven hit with more charges

     SANTA FE – A Los Alamos man faces new allegations of burglary and battery, and as a result was called in front of a district court judge Thursday to face a charge that he violated probation for previous incidents of residential burglary
    An attorney for John Craven 35, said he was arrested on a football field in early October, surrounded by young players.
    “He has an alibi,” said his public defense attorney, Jennifer Burrill.
    Craven had pleaded no contest to a pair of third-degree felony counts in 2015, following allegations that he had repeatedly burglarized a neighbor’s house. At sentencing in 2015, he received three years supervised probation and treatment for drug addiction.
    On Thursday, Craven’s attorney said he would deny the most recent allegation.
    “He was coaching football at the time of the incident; the field was filed with young kids,” Burrill said.
    Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist said the latest allegation is that he was seen breaking into lockers at a spa. According to the allegation, he ran as he was chased by spa employees.
    “He ran, they chased him, and he ran again,” Wahlquist said.
    District Judge Mary L. Marlowe Sommer said Craven would remain in jail for the time being.

  • LANL is waiting to hear about help for Puerto Rico

    The Department of Energy has not yet responded to New Mexico’s congressional delegation’s letter not to forget the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s expertise in helping Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria and Irma.
    A DOE spokesperson, speaking on background, said the Federal Emergency Management Agency has already directed the DOE and the Army Corps of Engineers to supply the Caribbean island with the manpower and technology it needs to stabilize and restore the island’s power grid.
    “USACE continues to work hard and do everything possible to support FEMA, the government of Puerto Rico and the people of the island,” a statement in a DOE factsheet said.
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the DOE are currently working with Puerto Rico Power Authority and the Puerto Rican government to immediately restore power to the remote Caribbean island.
    The spokesman also said they are aware of the resources LANL could offer but the department and its Army Engineer Corps partners are taking care of the situation. The Corps is also receiving help from other U.S. agencies, including the DOE’s Western Area Power Administration.
    According to the DOE, the efforts mark the largest temporary power mission in history for the 249th Engineer Battalion on U.S. soil.

  • Police Beat 10-22-17

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department records.
    Charges or citations listed in the Police Beat do not imply guilt or non-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.

    October 11
    4:52 p.m. – Police received a report of a dog biting another dog in Los Alamos.

  • Jail Beat 10-22-17

    Detained at the Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center October 11 through October 17.

    John Craven, 35, of Santa Fe, was incarcerated October 11 following the issuance of a state District Court warrant served by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

    Christopher Roger Carmichael, 47, Alamogordo, was released October 12.

    Eddie L. Padilla, 46, Los Alamos, was released October 12 following an arrest on suspicion of driving while under the influence of intoxication.

    Gerald F. Heck, 39, Los Alamos, was released following his arrest by Los Alamos Police officers on a Municipal Court warrant.

  • County Briefs 10-22-17

    Swim lesson registration opening Monday

    Registrations for November swimming lessons will be accepted at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center starting Monday.
    Swim lessons for all ages and abilities begin monthly at the aquatic center.
    Along with walk-in registrations, which will be taken at the front desk of the facility, they will also be taken online at losalamosnm.us. A schedule of lessons can also be found at the county’ website.

    Phone survey for DPU starts this week

    The county’s Department of Public Utilities announced Thursday that it will begin an automated telephone survey of customers this week.
    The survey is scheduled to begin as early as Monday, although the actual start date wasn’t announced.
    According to the county, customers may receive the calls between the hours of 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
    The purpose of the survey is to assess the effectiveness of the DPU’s public awareness program, which is designed to promote natural gas safety. The county said the survey will allow DPU to measure and focus communication efforts to promote understanding of natural gas safety.
    Questions about the telephone survey can be directed to the DPU at 662-8333 or emailed to customercare@lacnm.us.

    Councilors will appear at summit, luncheon

  • Lab awards 2017 Fellows Prizes

    Five Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have been awarded the laboratory’s prestigious Fellows Prize in the areas of science or engineering research and leadership.
    Among those awarded are Eric Flynn, Harshini Mukundan and Nikolai Sinitsyn were awarded the Fellows’ Prize for Outstanding Research, and Brian Albright and Tess Light were awarded the Fellows Prize for Outstanding Leadership.
    “These scientists demonstrate the breadth of scientific research and leadership supporting the Laboratory’s national security mission and benefiting society,” said Alan Bishop, principal associate director for Science, Technology and Engineering. “Their innovative scientific discoveries and leadership represent the highest level of excellence. I congratulate all of them on their achievements.”
    The Fellows Research Prize for science or engineering commends individuals for outstanding research performed at the Laboratory and published within the last 10 years and that has had a significant impact on its discipline or program. The Fellows Leadership Prize commends individuals for outstanding scientific and engineering leadership at the laboratory and recognizes the value of such leadership that stimulates the interest of talented young staff members in the development of new technology.

  • Edwards receives award for security work

    Dena Edwards, a security professional in Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Associate Directorate for Mission Assurance, Security and Emergency Response, was named Outstanding Contractor Security Professional of the Year by the Department of Energy.
    “Dena is a true professional who has made a visible and valuable positive difference in our laboratory and our community,” said Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan.
    Edwards was selected for spearheading the lab’s Active Shooter and Work Place Violence Awareness Program. She provided training and exercise support to various organizations to ensure all employees know what they need to protect themselves and their co-workers.
    Her work was recognized throughout the DOE enterprise and she was a key subject matter expert, providing expertise to other DOE facilities to improve their workplace violence programs.
    Edwards is also the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Security Contractor Professional of the Year.
    This is the fifth year in a row and the sixth time in seven years that the laboratory has won the NNSA award.