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  • NTSB assigns cause to fatal plane crash

     

    The National Transportation Safety Board recently assigned a cause to a fatal plane accident that happened in Los Alamos almost one year ago. 

    In early December of last year, Harmony, Minnesota resident Michael Fjetland, 51 landed his two-seater Aviat Husky A-1C-200 airplane at the Los Alamos County Airport. Along for the ride was his friend and business partner Kevin Burrs. After exploring Los Alamos and making a Christmas shopping trip to Santa Fe, the two businessmen decided to take off on the morning of Dec. 8. Shortly after takeoff, the Husky, which Fjetland was piloting at the time, crashed into Los Alamos/Omega Canyon, killing the two men instantly. 

    The NTSB, a federal entity charged with investigating aviation and ground transportation accidents, said the pilot, due to adverse weather conditions and other factors, simply lost control of the plane, causing it to crash. 

  • LAPD names deputy chief

     

    Commander Jason Wardlow-Herrera will be promoted to Los Alamos County Deputy Chief of Police and there will be a ceremony at 2 p.m. Monday in the Magistrate Court chambers.

    Wardlow-Herrera graduated from the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy on June 26, 2003 and started his career with the Taos County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy sheriff.  He worked for the Taos County Sheriff’s Department for three and half years prior to starting with the Los Alamos Police Department on Sept. 25, 2006.  

    During his tenure at the Los Alamos Police Department, Wardlow-Herrera has held a number of different positions including Field Training Officer Coordinator, Professional Standards Lieutenant, Accreditation Manager, Detention Commander, PSA Commander, and most recently the Operations Commander. Wardlow-Herrera holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and an Associate of Arts in General Studies. 

  • Briefs 11-21-14

     Director denies lab hid facts from WIPP 

    SANTA FE (AP) — The head of Los Alamos National Laboratory is denouncing a published report that exposed missteps at the lab that had played a part in a radiation leak at the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports lab director Charlie McMillian sent a memo to employees earlier this week.

    In it, he dismisses suggestions that the lab was hiding scientific theories about the Feb. 14 accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

  • LAECCA taking applications

     

     The Los Alamos Early College and Career Academy (LAECCA) is currently accepting applications from Los Alamos High School students for its program.  

    The LAECCA is a program that is designed to give high school students early access to post secondary career and technical education opportunities while attending high school.  There are multiple career and academic pathways a high school student may choose from if accepted into the LAECCA.

     Some students will earn certifications, some will earn an Associates Degree and some will gain a head start on credits or certifications for  their post-secondary goals. 

  • Los Alamos Garden Club to participate in Festival of Trees
  • Breakfast with Santa
  • Bandelier announces holiday schedule

     

    Bandelier National Monument has announced its schedule for the upcoming holidays, plus two special events.

    Bandelier’s Artist-in-Residence, photographer David Halpern, will be offering a photo hike in Frijoles Canyon on Dec. 13. 

    Sign up now due to a limited number of spaces available. To register, call the park Visitor Center at 672-3861, ext. 51 to sign up. There is no charge for the walk beyond the park entrance fee. 

    The annual Winter Solstice Sunrise Walk will be Dec. 21, with participants meeting at the Visitor Center at 7:15 a.m. 

    Participants walk up the canyon to watch the sunrise in alignment with the entry walls at Tyuonyi Pueblo. No sign ups are necessary for this walk.

  • Register now for Lights parade

     

     

    Registration is now open for the annual Winterfest Holiday Lights Parade. This years “frozen” themed parade will march up Central Avenue beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 6. The official Tree Lighting Ceremony will follow the parade at 7 p.m. around Ashley Pond.

    Don’t miss the opportunity to promote your business or organization by participating in the Winterfest Light Parade. To register for the parade, visit losalamosmainstreet.com/events/

    From Breakfast with Santa to the “Snow Queen” ballet, Los Alamos celebrates winter with many events scheduled around town. 

    Los Alamos MainStreet would like to thank all the Winterfest sponsors: Los Alamos National Bank, The Education Plan and Los Alamos County.

  • Shed fire quickly extinguished in WR

    Emergency crews quickly put out a shed fire on Grand Canyon Drive in White Rock Thursday.

    When the Los Alamos Fire Department arrived, the shed was fully engulfed in flames as well as several trees and shrubs, according to deputy chief Justin Grider.

    The fire started about 8:45 a.m. Both houses on either side of the residence on the 40 block of Grand Canyon were evacuated. The fire was put out by 9:15 a.m.

    There were no injuries and all pets were accounted for, Grider said.

    According to Grider, investigators remain on the scene and they will not know the cause for several days.

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