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  • State Briefs 3-29-15

    ‘Game of Thrones’ season 5 premiere to screen in Santa Fe

    SANTA FE (AP) — HBO and author George R.R. Martin are giving fans in Santa Fe an early look at the fifth season premiere of “Game of Thrones.”
    The network is holding an invitation-only screening Saturday night at the Jean Cocteau Cinema, which is owned by Martin.
    Mayor Javier Gonzalez and cast members of the movie, “The Magnificent Six,” are also expected to attend.
    There will be a reception before the 7:30 p.m. screening.
    Martin is the author of the fantasy book series, “A Song of Ice and Fire,” that inspired the television show about royals and renegades fighting for the Iron Throne. The season premiere is set to air on HBO on April 12.

    Gov. has until April 10 to sign bills

  • LANL drum was root of WIPP accident

    Drum 68660, shipped to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad from Los Alamos National Laboratory was where all the trouble started.
    The Technical Assessment Team (TAT) 277-page report was released Thursday afternoon by the Department of Energy. The TAT’s mission was to find out the root cause of the problems that led to the breach of a waste drum at WIPP, which released radioactive fumes that sickened 21 workers in February 2014.
    The TAT’s overarching conclusion was that “chemically incompatible contents of Drum 68660 from Los Alamos National Laboratory in combination with physical conditions (e.g., the configuration of the materials in the drum) supported exothermic chemical reactions leading to a thermal runaway)….”
    Thermal and pressure effects resulted in the movement of material during the release event.
    Drum 68660, as far as TAT could determine, was the sole cause of the release. According to the report, the thermal runaway was internal in that drum and not cause by outside phenomena.
    According to the report’s fact sheet, Drum 68660 breached as a result of internal chemical reactions.

  • Suspicious card activity reported

    Los Alamos residents may have noticed some unwarranted charges or strange activity on their credit cards this month. Those residents are not alone.
    According to the Los Alamos Police Department, many local residents have experienced similar issues. Police are currently investigating a slew of complaints from residents about unwarranted charges, and they want to hear from anyone else that has seen suspicious card activity.
    LAPD said if a card had been declined, it might be a good idea to check email before calling the issuing company about it.
    One Los Alamos resident received a rude awakening recently when she tried to pay for a meal at a restaurant and her card was declined.
    A day later, she received an email from her company telling her that her card had been compromised.
    “This charge was not authorized so they cancelled my card and they are sending me a new card,” said the resident, who asked not to be identified. “I talked to the police and they are investigating it because many people in this town are having the same issue.”
    Those with suspicions about card activity can call LAPD Commander Oliver Morris at 662-8281. The department, according to a press release on the matter, is mainly focusing on credit cards, since this is where all of the fraud has occurred so far.

  • Today in history March 29
  • Today in history March 28
  • Library staff reports a successful year

    A 2015 survey shows a high degree of satisfaction with the services of the Los Alamos public library system, according to the yearly report of the Los Alamos library board, which board Chair Michelle Grove presented to the Los Alamos County Council Tuesday.
    The library’s FY2015 Community Perception Survey showed that 97 percent of residents surveyed who use the library rated library services as good or excellent, and 98 percent rated availability of materials as good or excellent
    One remarkable statistic is the number of users. According to the survey, 87percent of citizens surveyed had used the library within the last 12 months.
    Compare that to the national average, and there’s no contest. According to the 2013 “The State of America’s Libraries” report by the American Library Association, 53 percent of Americans told the PEW Internet and American Life Project they had visited a library in the past 12 months.
    In FY2015 the Los Alamos County Library:

    • Checked out more than 396,000 items.
    • Had nearly 315,000 visitors.
    • Had approximately 27,000 computer uses and provided laptop access to many additional patrons.
    • Answered more than 26,000 reference questions.
    • Had more than 21,000 citizens attend programs at the library.

  • Police Beat 3-27-15

    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.

    March 19
    12:22 p.m. — A 54-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of petty larceny at Trinity Drive.

    March 20
    8:34 a.m. — Robert Serrano, 54, of Santa Cruz was arrested for driving while under the influence of drugs in the 200 block of East Road.

    12:19 p.m. — A 56-year-old Las Vegas man reported to police that he was the victim in a car accident with no injuries on East Road.

    March 21
    11:52 a.m. — A 49-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of graffiti (less than $1,000) at Village Place.

    March 22
    12:26 a.m. — A 13-year-old Los Alamos girl was arrested for shoplifting (less than $100) at the Los Alamos Smith’s.

    12:29 a.m. — A 14-year-old Los Alamos girl was arrested for shoplifting (less than $100) at the Los Alamos Smith’s.

  • Update 3-27-15

    "Mister Roberts"

    The play “Mister Roberts” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at Los Alamos Little Theatre. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. Visit lalt.org for ticket information.

    LOL Los Alamos

    LOL Los Alamos, a comedy and music show, is scheduled for Friday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for students, $15 for adults. The show is a fundraising event for the Los Alamos High School band programs.

    Community Winds

    The Los Alamos Community Winds will play at its “Marching In March” show Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church. There is a suggested donation of $10. It is scheduled for 7 p.m.

    Photographers

    There will be an opening reception for the Los Alamos Photographers Show Monday. The reception will be from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. The show will run through May 2 at the library.

    Wildfire 2015

    Wildfire 2015 is scheduled for April 4. It will be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. The event will include an opportunity for residents to register cell phone numbers with the Emergency Management department for emergency notifications. For more information, call 662-8304.

  • 'Toppers take two from Miyamura

    The Los Alamos baseball team swept Miyamura in doubleheader on Saturday.

    The 'Toppers beat the Patriots 7-3 and 10-0 to close out their pre-district schedule.

    More important than the wins to manager Mike Gill, however, were how the 'Toppers played. Los Alamos hit the ball well in both games and took care of business defensively.

    Los Alamos is now 9-5 overall.

    On Wednesday the 'Toppers will begin its District 2-5A action at Capital.

  • Be There 3-29-15

    Today
    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.

    Monday
    Nature Playtimes. 10-11 a.m. Toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers come to PEEC to explore the natural world. Each Playtime features a story and stations centered around a theme, as well as outside time. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library. Opening reception 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Tuesday
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. Noon at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker Ruby Selvage will speak about her documentary for National History Day.

    Gals Gab Group. 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the White Rock Senior Center. It is intended to appeal especially to women who live alone and don’t get to talk much with other women.  Rides are available through the Senior Center 662-8922.
    Wednesday
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

    The Los Alamos Arts Council’s Free Brown Bag performance presents pianist Peter Pesic. Noon at the Fuller Lodge in the Pajarito Room.