Today's News

  • Nature Center groundbreaking, Earth Day festivities on tap

    Enter a raffle to “take wing” from Los Alamos Airport over the Jemez Mountains, Rio Grande Valley, Los Alamos and other points of interest for up to an hour with local pilot Robert Gibson.
    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center will be selling raffle tickets through May 3, and proceeds of the raffle will help fund indoor and outdoor exhibits for the new Los Alamos County Nature Center.
    PEEC will be holding the raffle between now and May 3, when the winning ticket will be drawn at the 14th Annual Earth Day Festival. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at PEEC, 3540 Orange St.
    Raffle tickets are currently being sold for $10 each and can be purchased at PEEC, online at PajaritoEEC.org, at the Los Alamos Co-op Market and at Fusion Multisport. There is no limit to how many tickets an individual can purchase.
    The flight will be scheduled at a time that is mutually agreeable to the raffle winner and the pilot. The number of people that can go on the flight depends on a weight limit, but it typically includes two adults or one adult and two children.

  • On The Docket 04-18-14

    Records derived from Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Court:
    April 9

    Pradeep Cheruku was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.
    April 10

    Allen Herring was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of violating an outdoor furniture restriction. Defendant was ordered to pay $60 in court costs.

    Christina C. Garcia was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failure to appear in court, failure to pay a fine, speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit and not having proper car insurance. Defendant was fined $200 and ordered to pay $260 in court costs.

    Nathanael C. Farmham was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a proper registration plate. Defendant was fined $25 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Kelly C. Gallagher was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.
    April 11

    Alan P. Langdon was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. He was fined $75 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

  • Crews find suspected area of the WIPP radiation leak

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Two months after radiation leaked from the federal government’s half-mile deep nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico, officials said Thursday that crews have found contamination underground in the area where waste was most recently being stored.
    Tammy Reynolds, the U.S. Department of Energy’s deputy recovery manager, told a community meeting in Carlsbad that more trips need to be made into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant to further investigate the accident, but officials hope to have more information next week.
    Crews on their fourth trip into the mine Wednesday made it into the only active waste storage area and found contamination, Reynolds said. The deeper they went into the area, the more widespread the contamination, she said.
    But the crews had to retreat before identifying the possible source because they had been underground for five hours in protective gear that retains heat and the batteries on their respiratory equipment were running low.
    Waste at the plant is stored in panels, which are a series of rooms cut out of underground salt beds. Five of those panels are full and have already been sealed. Panel 6 is full but has not yet been sealed. Panel 7 is the current active storage area.

  • Klotz sworn in as NNSA chief

    Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz swore in Frank G. Klotz as the Department of Energy’s Undersecretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator in a private ceremony Thursday afternoon.
    General Klotz was joined by his wife, Nancy, and Acting Administrator Bruce Held.
    “I am very pleased that General Klotz has now been sworn in as the fourth Undersecretary of Nuclear Security and Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Admiration,” said Moniz. “With his years of service to our country, his vision for NNSA’s nuclear security programs, and his dedication to supporting the men and women of the organization, I am confident General Klotz will bring strong leadership and management to this critical Department of Energy mission. I look forward to working closely with Frank in support of the President’s nuclear security priorities.”
    “The nuclear security enterprise has responsibility for an enduring and critically important national security mission,” Klotz said. “The United States is committed to maintaining a safe, secure and effective nuclear arsenal, as long as nuclear weapons exist. Our nation is also committed to leading international efforts to limit and reduce nuclear arsenals, prevent nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism, and secure nuclear materials across the globe.

  • Update 04-18-14


    Waffle Breakfast to benefit Los Alamos High School Choirs. 7:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Pajarito Lodge No. 66 AF & AM, 15th Street and Canyon Road. $7 adults, $3 age 6 and under.

    Egg hunt

    Los Alamos Elks Annual Easter Egg Hunt. 10 a.m. Saturday at Ashley Pond.

    Wild Day

    Los Alamos Youth Leadership Wild Day. 9:30 a.m. Saturday at LAHS Griffith Gym. Wild Day has been an ongoing annual event for elementary students to enjoy themselves and have fun with the safety and supervision of the LAYL students.


    * “Adventures with Ed.” 5:30 to 7 p.m. PEEC Tuesday at the Bradbury Science Museum. Jack Loeffler will give a talk on Edward Abbey.
    • Brown Bag Lecture: Terry Fox, “What I Learned from Trees and Flowers.” Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Museum.


    Los Alamos County is having a pruning workshop 10 a.m. Saturday. It will be in the Memorial Rose Garden near Fuller Lodge. County Extension Agent, Carlos Valdez, will lead the workshop.  

  • News Briefs 04-18-14

    Chamber workshop scheduled

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will host a free workshop 1-3 p.m., April 24 at UNM-Los Alamos, Lecture Hall 2.
    The topic is “Introduction to Entrepreneurship — Starting or Re-inventing a Business.” The information presented will be suitable to both startups and established businesses. The presenters are principals in a Los Alamos-based business called “LABi” for “Los Alamos Business incubation.” They include Andy Andrews, Martin Bidus, Ralph Chapman and Robert Nolen, all of whom bring a wide range of business experience and acumen to their presentation.
    They will cover topics such as defining your market, the concept of value, the continuing transactions list, and starting points for networking. Handouts will include a startup/reinvention checklist and a short list of resources and where to find them.
    The workshop is free and open to the public. Register by going to the Chamber website, losalamoschamber.com, and clicking on the registration link under the calendar.
    Contact Katy Korkos, katyk@losalamos.org, 661-4816.

    Budget talks at LAPS

  • Schmidt's contract OKd

    The Los Alamos School Board officially approved Tuesday Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gene Schmidt’s contract during a regular school board meeting yesterday, giving him a three percent raise in salary.
    Starting July 1, Schmidt’s salary will be $149,185.20, an increase from his current salary of $144,840.00.
    According to Human Resources Manager and Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn, Schmidt will also have the same benefits package as the other employees of the school district, which include 20 days of leave.
    The contract is for one year, starting July 1 and ending June 30, 2015.
    It’s expected that at the end of this contract, Schmidt will step down and the board will already have a successor lined up.
    According to the Los Alamos School Board’s president, Judy Bjarke McKenzie, the board has already begun the search process of looking for Schmidt’s replacement, saying they are already in the process of forming a search committee.
    About a month and a half ago, it seemed liked this year would be Schmidt’s last with the Los Alamos Public Schools, as Schmidt and the board seemed to have had a falling out over key issues.

  • Plutonium strategy comes to forefront

    Los Alamos National Laboratory director Charlie McMillan was in Washington last week to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Strategic Forces.
    McMillan provided an update on recent Los Alamos technical and scientific achievements; the proposed plutonium strategy under evaluation in numerous national security circles; and, Los Alamos budget realities that pose challenges to meeting our mission requirements.
    The following came from the Senate website and this was McMillan’s written testimony to the subcommittee.
    After citing the lab’s accomplishments in the past year, McMillan turned his attention to an alternative plutonium strategy.
    McMillan reminded the subcommittee that he had outlined the structure of an alternative strategy after it was determined the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement‐Nuclear Facility (CMRR‐NF) would be scrapped for the time being.
    “Over the past year, we have worked hard to turn these ideas into a plan,” McMillan said. “The strategy proposes a three‐phased approach. The phased approach is designed to manage both safety and programmatic risk in the near, mid- and longer-term timeframe and to address risks in the timeworn Chemistry and Metallurgy Research (CMR) Facility and Plutonium Facility (PF‐4) respectively.

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