Today's News

  • Local bands in the spotlight

    A pair of local bands will headline Friday’s Gordon’s Summer Concert Series.
    The bands, DK and the Affordables and Eddy and the Nomads, will split time at the Summer Concert Series.
    Friday’s concert, a free program sponsored by Los Alamos County, is the final Summer Concert of 2015. It will be at Ashley Pond starting at 7 p.m.
    DK and the Affordables was founded by DK Warner, a do-it-all performer with many influences spanning rockabilly, but Warner said one of his main influences is Jim Bowie, a Buddhist banjo master from Oklahoma.
    Among the lineup for the Affordables are keyboardist Aaron Anderson, bassist Rob Heineman and saxophone player Quinn Marksteiner.
    A classic rock band, Eddy and the Nomads are staples of the concert series, having played numerous shows there over the 26-year history of the series.
    This year’s series started in early May as part of the county’s Kite Festival. Among this year’s highlights were Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones tribute band, and the Red Elvises.
    The Summer Concert Series is coordinated by Russ Gordon. For information on the series, visit gordonssummerconcerts.com.

  • Luján gets a primer on tech transfer

    When Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-District 3) visited Descartes Labs earlier this month, his questions focused on what could be done to improve technology transfer from national labs such as Los Alamos National Laboratory to private industry.
    Descartes co-founder and Chief Technical Officer Steven Brumby made several recommendations based on his own recent experiences with that process.
    In December 2014, Descartes obtained a license to use lab-generated technology that Brumby himself had helped develop.
    Brumby called the time it takes to get a tech transfer license “absolutely crucial.” The current process can take up to a year.
    “If you’re trying to start up in an area where there are competitors, you can’t afford to have the lab taking a year to make a decision on the license. That’s enough time for other people to go close on initial funding round and then actually get to Series A,” Brumby said.
    Descartes was unable to raise venture capital money until the license was secured.
    “They weren’t prepared to trust us that the license would close in a timely way. They wanted to see the license up front,” Brumby said.

  • Today in history Sept. 3
  • Brief Outage Planned for White Rock Wednesday

    LOS ALAMOS, NM -- Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities officials are advising White Rock customers that weather permitting, a short five minute outage is planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, In cooperation with the Los Alamos National Laboratory Line Operations, the brief outage is required to safely replace a faulty 115,000 volt switch at the substation. 

    Specifically, crews will cut the power to transfer the White Rock electric load from the T2 line to the T1 transmission line at the substation. With the T2 line de-energized, crews will remove and replace the faulty 115,000 volt switch.  Once the switch is in place, the line will be re-energized without interruption.

    Customers who have questions or concerns can call the DPU office at 505-662-8333 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  

  • LA resident Orr is missing

    The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Department posted onto its Facebook page a notice of a missing person, Trevor Orr.
    Orr, who lives in Los Alamos, was last seen Wednesday. Orr is 48 years of age and is reported to be 6-foot-1, 160 pounds.
    According to Santa Fe County, Orr's car was found on N.M. 599 - the Santa Fe bypass - Thursday.
    Those that have information on Orr's whereabouts are asked to call Santa Fe County Sheriff's Detective John A. Ordonez at 428-3720.
    The Santa Fe County Sheriff's office said it is not actively conducting a search for Orr.

  • Fire department adds two vehicles to fleet

    The LAFD had a “push-in” ceremony at White Rock Station No. 3 for two new additions to its fleet.
    The LAFD pushed in two trucks, one designed to deal with emergencies involving hazardous materials within the county and the other an aerial ladder truck designed to put fires out in multi-level structures. One is named “Hazmat 1” and the other will be known as “Truck 3.”
    Hazmat 1 is manufactured by the E-ONE company. Known as a “toolbox on wheels,” the truck is designed with many top, side and bottom compartments for tools and equipment.
    Los Alamos National Laboratory has a similar truck. As part of a cooperative agreement with LANL, the Los Alamos Fire Department was required to have its own Hazmat truck, as well.
    As with all units within the LAFD fleet, the hazmat truck and the aerial ladder truck were purchased by the U.S. Department of Energy. The hazmat truck comes equipped with chemical and gas detection equipment, equipment to help dam and clean up spills, as well as different types of hazmat suits for the crew to designed to deal with any type of spill.
    According to LAFD Chief Troy Hughes, Hazmat One was designed to complement LANL’s own hazmat vehicle.

  • State Briefs 9-3-15

    Pair of plague cases confirmed in Bernalillo County

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A second human plague case has been confirmed in New Mexico’s Bernalillo County.
    The New Mexico Department of Health says a 59-year-old woman from Bernalillo County is recovering.
    Her name isn’t being released.
    It’s the third human case of plague in New Mexico this year and the second in Bernalillo County.
    The other cases in the state occurred in a 52-year-old woman from Santa Fe County who died from the illness and a 65-year-old man from Bernalillo County who recovered.
    Plague is a potentially fatal illness in people that occurs in many parts of New Mexico.
    It is caused by bacteria found in rodents, especially ground squirrels, rabbits and hares.
    Most human cases of plague are acquired through the bite of infected fleas.

    Another dead body found in Sandias

  • Community Calendar 9-4-15

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. Final show of the season. DK & the Affordables with Eddy & the Nomads. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Free. For more information, visit GordonsSummerConcerts.com.

    Local Arms Control Group Considers Support of Iran Policy. The Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security is considering the adoption of a statement of support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the US, UK, France, Russia, China, Germany and the European Union. The LACACIS draft policy statement can be read at lacacis.org/policy.html. The position will be discussed and voted on at a meeting at 7 p.m. at the United Church Christian Education Building Lounge (room 212), 2525 Canyon Road. The public is invited, but only dues-paying LACACIS members may vote on the position.

    Conversations in Clay. Through Sept. 19 at the Portal Gallery at Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    White Rock Artist Market. First Saturday of the month at the Visitor Center. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Runs through October.

    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

  • UNM-LA offers two new classes in creative writing, digital photography

    Joan Logghe, Santa Fe’s Poet Laureate 2010-2012, will be returning to teach a Creative Writing class at University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. The class will meet Fridays from 9–11:45 a.m., Sept. 11–Dec. 4.
    Logghe encourages writers of all levels to take her class. “There will be a healthy and fun mix of poetry, memoir, creative non-fiction, and sudden fiction.
    This class is an introduction to creative writing and will be great and gentle for beginners; published writers may also refresh their writing style.
    You may be making a writer’s timeline of your life for a memoir, writing a Malayan pantoum in poetry, or a sudden fiction based on a real childhood memory,” she said.
    Logghe’s classes are known for being so lively students enroll again and again.
    “The Singing Bowl” (University of New Mexico Press) and “Love & Death: Greatest Hits” (Tres Chicas Books) are Logghe’s two recent books, the later with Miriam Sagan and Renée Gregorio and winner of a New Mexico Book Award.
    Logghe has won a National Endowment for the Arts, years of support from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, has three children and three grandkids, and for 12 years has been poet-in-residence at Santa Fe Girls’ School.

  • Assets in Action: Creating healthy youth, community

    Happy Assets Month to you and yours. I thought that this column might spend some time talking about the core of the Assets philosophy in creating a Healthy Community, Healthy Youth.
    The thing you hear me prattling on and on about is relationships. I find it ironic when someone comes up with something new they want to do, the essence of the work is essentially Assets and relationship building.
    I think many troubles would be solved if we truly took some time to stop and think about the relationship, not just the academics, not just the sport, not just what everyone is doing or not doing or how someone else could do it better.
    The media it seems is a buzz with so many ugly stories that often it just gets too frustrating to watch.
    Guess what I know for sure?
    There are good cops and bad cops, there are good black people and bad black people, there are good Christians and bad Christians and there are good Muslims and bad Muslims.
    As a matter of fact you can choose a slew of words to insert before “good” and “bad” and the sentence still works, try it. Whites, teachers, doctors, students, gun owners, there are good and bad examples of all kinds of people.