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Today's News

  • BPU looks to make changes

    First of a series

  • District court will continue

    Even though First Judicial Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson is vacating office, officials with the First Judicial Court said they are going to try and maintain a “business as usual” routine by continuing to hold court every Wednesday at the Los Alamos Justice Center.
    Wednesday is the day district court is usually held in Los Alamos.
    According to a clerk with the court, they are going to try and have other judges from the district fill in when they can.
    “There may be interim judges filling in, using the judges that are already here,” said the clerk.
    The First Judicial Court consists of nine divisions. Interim judges may include Judge Francis Mathew, Division 1; Judge Sarah M. Singleton, Division 2; Chief Judge Raymond Ortiz, Division 3; Judge Silvia LaMar, Division 4; Judge David K. Thomson, Division 6; Judge. T. Glenn Ellington, Division 7; Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer, Division 8 and Judge Matthew J. Wilson, Division 9.
    First Judicial Court has assigned Judge Sommer to Los Alamos most frequently whenever there was a scheduling or legal conflict with Raphaelson.
    Her latest Los Alamos case concerns Los Alamos resident Stephen Geisik. On May 7, Geisik was convicted in Los Alamos district court on several counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor.

  • Unquarked wineries a perfect grouping

    Three New Mexico wineries have combined efforts to become “Unquarked.”
    The winery serves vino from Black’s Smuggler winery, Anasazi Fields and Vivác winery.
    All three wineries have the collective attitude of bringing their wineries from smaller New Mexico communities to reach out to a larger audience and expand business.
    In fall 2013, The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation called out to wineries across the state for interest in becoming part of joint tasting rooms.
    “These wineries are from smaller, remote locations,” said Jim Fish, owner of Anasazi Fields, which operates out of Placitas. “It is an opportunity to bring wine to a larger, untapped market.”
    The owner of Unquarked is Tony Black, CEO and president of Black’s Smuggler Winery in Bosque. He said since the soft opening on Nov. 24, business has been positive and the customer base has been substantial.
    “We already have regular customers,” said Veronica Black-Stepp, manager and Black’s sister. She moved from Albuquerque in November to help with the business venture.
    In addition to a large selection of wines, Unquarked serves food catered from local businesses such as Pajarito Brewpub and Manhattan Project.

  • Going Down

    Alix Hailey, Jessica Osden, Francis Laurent, and Ella Hailey attempt a sled ride near the Bayo Canyon hiking trails Tuesday morning.

  • Last-minute Shoppers
  • Smith’s opening, Manhattan Project Park highlight 2014

    Compared with some recent years, 2014 was relatively quiet: no brawls over roundabouts on Trinity Drive or wells in White Rock, no major fires or floods or councilor misconduct.
    But the year ended with a bang when President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included a public lands bill with major implications for Los Alamos.
    The bill includes legislation for the creation of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP) and a change in status for the Valles Caldera National Preserve, transforming it from a trust with a mandate to be self-supporting to one of 18 National Park Preserves.
    The Manhattan Project Park in particular will require at least a couple of years to come to fruition, but the successful conclusion of 10 to 15 years of effort has given supporters a reason to celebrate.
    Another project years in the making became a reality this year.
    Smith’s Marketplace opened July 16.
    The 110,000-foot superstore attracted approximately 26,000 people from as far away as Albuquerque in the first two days of its grand opening, greatly exceeding expectations.

  • Prescribed pile burns in Bayo Canyon are coming

    If you’re planning on walking off some pounds after the holidays, you might want to avoid the Bayo Canyon trailhead for a few days until things cool off.
    The Los Alamos Fire Department recently announced that it will have a prescribed burn in the area Jan. 9-10.
    According to LAFD’s Wildlands Division Chief Ramon Garcia, residents are still allowed to access the area, but they should be prepared for smoke.
    The LAFD, along with the fire crews from the U.S. Forest Service, have spent the last months clearing the area and have arranged dead wood and other flammable debris into 4-by-4 foot piles along the trail, and come Jan. 9, they’re all going up in smoke during a carefully monitored operation.
    The fire will happen during the day, Garcia said.
    Crews are waiting until Jan. 9 because the more snow and rain they get in the area, the safer the operation will be.
    The area comprises about 60 to 70 acres of scrub and trees.

  • Software shows molecules in 3-D

    Scientists are making it easier for pharmaceutical companies and researchers to see the detailed inner workings of molecular machines.
    “Inside each cell in our bodies and inside every bacterium and virus are tiny but complex protein molecules that synthesize chemicals, replicate genetic material, turn each other on and off, and transport chemicals across cell membranes,” said Tom Terwilliger, a Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist. “Understanding how all these machines work is the key to developing new therapeutics, for treating genetic disorders, and for developing new ways to make useful materials.”
    To understand how a machine works you have to be able to see how it is put together and how all its parts fit together. This is where the Los Alamos scientists come in.
    These molecular machines are very small — a million of them placed side by side would take up less than an inch of space.
    Researchers can see them however, using x-rays, crystals and computers. Researchers produce billions of copies of a protein machine, dissolve them in water, and grow crystals of the protein, like growing sugar crystals except that the machines are larger than a sugar molecule.

  • APD says it will look at its camera policy

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The Albuquerque Police Department has one of the largest caches of body cameras for a law enforcement agency of its size, and its policy for using those cameras is one of the toughest in the nation.
    It’s also nearly impossible to follow and is at the root of most disagreements between Police Chief Gorden Eden and the city’s independent review officer.
    That’s why department officials say a new policy for lapel cameras is being crafted and will be in place next year.
    “The officers, in certain situations, have a hard time complying with it,” Deputy Chief William Roseman told the Albuquerque Journal. “Hopefully, once we get a new policy in place . it will give (officers) a little more flex so common sense can come into play.”
    Albuquerque officials recently signed an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to overhaul the police force following more than 40 shootings involving officers since 2010. Under the agreement, the city must provide better training for officers, but some critics say it should have come down harder on enforcement of camera policies.
    Since Eden became chief in February, Independent Review Officer Robin Hammer and her staff have investigated citizen complaints and found 152 cases in which an officer violated a policy.

  • Update 12-28-14

    Ken Burns film

    Mesa Public Library will present “The Dust Bowl,” a film by Ken Burns, at 12:30 p.m. today.

    County Council

    The next scheduled Los Alamos County Council meeting is 7 p.m. Jan. 6 in council chambers.

    Trash collection

    Los Alamos County will pick up curbside trash Wednesday for those customers whose regularly scheduled collection day is Jan. 1.

    Big Band dance

    The annual Big Band after Christmas Dance. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Monday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road. Free to the public however donations are accepted. Proceeds go to help the IHM youth group.

    School Board

    The next meeting of the Los Alamos School Board is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 13. The meeting will be at the Los Alamos Public Schools administration board room.

    Transit

    Atomic City Transit will not run routes on Jan. 1 in observance of New Year’s Day.