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Today's News

  • UllrFest takes center stage at Ski Hill

    The community is invited to Pajarito Mountain for UllrFest 2014, which is one of the most popular festivals in Los Alamos.
    The event begin at 10 a.m. Saturday atop the mountain. The public can expect many activities throughout the day.
    From 2-5 p.m., the Jimmy Stadler Band will be performing a blend of rock and blues while the crowd can mingle among the many brewers available for the New Mexico Brewers Fest, which is from noon-5 p.m. There will be many craft beers offered and for $10 cash, get a event glass and the first fill.
    There will be plenty of hiking and biking opportunities. Lift services are available, $10 for hiking and $25 for wheeled fun. A Frisbee competition is also in the list of activities for the day.
    Appease the Norse Gods by putting on period threads for the costume contest.
    A free shuttle courtesy of Atomic City Transit is available every 30 minutes from Sullivan Field. The shuttle service is from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., the duration of the event.
    For trail maps and directions to the ski area, visit skipajarito.com.
    Mark the calendar on Oct. 4 for the seventh annual Trailfest at Pajarito Mountain.
     

  • Police Beat 09-19-14

    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.
    Sept. 4

    4:37 p.m. — Police reported that a 41-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of animal bites where the animal was impounded at Estates Drive.

    4:56 p.m. — Police reported that a 25-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a car accident with no injuries at Trinity Drive.

    6:28 p.m. — Police reported that an 11-year-old Los Alamos boy was the victim of animal bites where the animal was impounded. The incident happened at Big Rock Loop.

    8:11 p.m. — A 17-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was the victim of a car burglary at 43rd Street.

    9:02 p.m. — Lisa Wilkinson, 41 of Los Alamos was arrested for battery against a household member on Ensenada Drive.
    Sept. 5

    7:29 a.m. — A 39-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of a petty larceny (less than $100) at Gold Street.

  • Update 09-19-14

    Breakfast

    Waffle Breakfast. Presented by Aspen Elementary PTO. 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Pajarito Masonic Lodge, 1400 Sage Loop. $7 adults, $3 for age 6 and under.

    Opera

    Opera on the Rocks. 4-8 p.m. Saturday at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater. Guild members $10 per person/$20 family of four, non-members $15 per person/$35 family of four.

    Alzheimer's walk

    Alzheimer’s Walk. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Register, opening ceremony, kids run, adult run/walk and basket raffle and silent auction.

    Viewing party

    “Manhattan” TV series, viewing party and discussion. 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    Rotary Club

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. Noon Monday at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker will be Dr. Christa Brelsford from the paraclimbing competition in Spain. 

  • WIPP cleanup plans still under review

    CARLSBAD (AP) — Officials working to reopen the federal government’s troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico say their recovery plan is under review.
    Department of Energy officials at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad had earlier indicated they would be releasing details of the plan Thursday. They reviewed the major work that needs to be done, but Carlsbad DOE Field Office Manager Joe Franco told a community meeting Thursday evening that the full plan is still awaiting approval from Washington. The plan is expected to detail cost estimates and a timeline for cleaning up radiological contamination and resuming operations after a mysterious February leak that contaminated 22 workers.
    Officials have said it could be three years before WIPP completely reopens.
    It’s still unclear exactly what caused the leak from a barrel of waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    WIPP is the government’s only permanent repository for legacy waste such as contaminated gloves, tools and clothing from decades of nuclear bomb building.
     

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  • On The Docket 09-18-14

    Records derived from Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Court:
    Sept. 10

    Darlene E. George was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for speeding in a school zone, six to 10 miles an hour over the limit. Defendant was fined $70 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.
    Sept. 11

    Amy Justice was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court for use of possession of drug paraphernalia. Defendant was ordered to pay $148 in court costs. Defendant was also sentenced to a year of supervised probation.

    Joshua A Krepps was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $25 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Julie O. Wangler was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $30 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Marcus Leibrecht was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of careless driving and causing an accident. Defendant was ordered to pay $65 in court costs Defendant was also ordered to attend defensive driving school. Sentence deferred until Nov. 9.

  • Current shared utilities leadership protects us

    A principal argument to justify the proposed restructuring of county utilities is to increase its “accountability,” to its customers, all of us, by fundamentally altering the relationship between the Board of Public Utilities (BPU), the Department of Public Utilities and the County Council. Increased “accountability” was rejected by voters in 1966, has proven unnecessary since, and carries great risks. Voters who value their utility service and their pocketbooks should reject it again. This is about control, not accountability.
    The first proposed county charter (basically, our constitution) was rejected in 1966 largely because citizens feared that a political body, the county council, with direct control of utilities could pad their revenues via the back-door path of requiring substantial sums to be transferred from utilities to general county coffers, with resulting higher utility rates or inadequate operating and capital reserves. They also were concerned politicians would tinker with rates and services to favor special interests.
    A completely independent utility presents challenges, too. The compromise embraced by voters in 1968 was the present semi-independent system. It is a work of genius that has served us well for 46 years.

  • On Schedule 09-21-14

    Monday

    Golf: Los Alamos at Taos Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Football: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, JV, 4 p.m.

    Tuesday

    Boys soccer: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.; Los Alamos at Rio Rancho, C team, 4 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 6 p.m.; Los Alamos at Rio Rancho, C team, 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: Moriarty at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Boys soccer: St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.

    Cross country: LAMS at Albuquerque Academy, boys and girls seventh and eighth grade, 3 p.m.

    Volleyball: LAMS at Española Middle School, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Thursday

    Football: LAMS at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: LAMS at West Las Vegas, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Friday

    Cross country: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy Invite, boys and girls varsity/JV/C team, 3 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Moreno Valley at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Moreno Valley at Los Alamos, C team, 6 p.m.

    Football: Los Alamos at Farmington, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Rio Ranch Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Saturday