Today's News

  • Luján gets a primer on tech transfer

    When Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-District 3) visited Descartes Labs earlier this month, his questions focused on what could be done to improve technology transfer from national labs such as Los Alamos National Laboratory to private industry.
    Descartes co-founder and Chief Technical Officer Steven Brumby made several recommendations based on his own recent experiences with that process.
    In December 2014, Descartes obtained a license to use lab-generated technology that Brumby himself had helped develop.
    Brumby called the time it takes to get a tech transfer license “absolutely crucial.” The current process can take up to a year.
    “If you’re trying to start up in an area where there are competitors, you can’t afford to have the lab taking a year to make a decision on the license. That’s enough time for other people to go close on initial funding round and then actually get to Series A,” Brumby said.
    Descartes was unable to raise venture capital money until the license was secured.
    “They weren’t prepared to trust us that the license would close in a timely way. They wanted to see the license up front,” Brumby said.

  • Brief Outage Planned for White Rock Wednesday

    LOS ALAMOS, NM -- Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities officials are advising White Rock customers that weather permitting, a short five minute outage is planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, In cooperation with the Los Alamos National Laboratory Line Operations, the brief outage is required to safely replace a faulty 115,000 volt switch at the substation. 

    Specifically, crews will cut the power to transfer the White Rock electric load from the T2 line to the T1 transmission line at the substation. With the T2 line de-energized, crews will remove and replace the faulty 115,000 volt switch.  Once the switch is in place, the line will be re-energized without interruption.

    Customers who have questions or concerns can call the DPU office at 505-662-8333 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  

  • LA resident Orr is missing

    The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Department posted onto its Facebook page a notice of a missing person, Trevor Orr.
    Orr, who lives in Los Alamos, was last seen Wednesday. Orr is 48 years of age and is reported to be 6-foot-1, 160 pounds.
    According to Santa Fe County, Orr's car was found on N.M. 599 - the Santa Fe bypass - Thursday.
    Those that have information on Orr's whereabouts are asked to call Santa Fe County Sheriff's Detective John A. Ordonez at 428-3720.
    The Santa Fe County Sheriff's office said it is not actively conducting a search for Orr.

  • Fire department adds two vehicles to fleet

    The LAFD had a “push-in” ceremony at White Rock Station No. 3 for two new additions to its fleet.
    The LAFD pushed in two trucks, one designed to deal with emergencies involving hazardous materials within the county and the other an aerial ladder truck designed to put fires out in multi-level structures. One is named “Hazmat 1” and the other will be known as “Truck 3.”
    Hazmat 1 is manufactured by the E-ONE company. Known as a “toolbox on wheels,” the truck is designed with many top, side and bottom compartments for tools and equipment.
    Los Alamos National Laboratory has a similar truck. As part of a cooperative agreement with LANL, the Los Alamos Fire Department was required to have its own Hazmat truck, as well.
    As with all units within the LAFD fleet, the hazmat truck and the aerial ladder truck were purchased by the U.S. Department of Energy. The hazmat truck comes equipped with chemical and gas detection equipment, equipment to help dam and clean up spills, as well as different types of hazmat suits for the crew to designed to deal with any type of spill.
    According to LAFD Chief Troy Hughes, Hazmat One was designed to complement LANL’s own hazmat vehicle.

  • LA prevails in season opener

    JACONA - The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team scored three times in the second half after falling behind in the first half to prevail over the Pojoaque Valley Elks in its 2015 season opener.

    Fullback Derek Selvage scored three times, including what would be the game winner with 4:13 remaining, to help lead Los Alamos to a 19-13 win against the Elks.

    The Elks, using their two-pronged attack of Chris Quintana and Daniel Rael, put together some long, clock-chewing drives, but had trouble punching the ball into the end zone.

    Los Alamos had several chances in the ballgame, but likewise couldn't get to paydirt until the second half. Selvage's third touchdown was the only time the Hilltoppers had the lead in the game.

    See Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor for more information on Friday's game.

  • County announces Labor Day information

    Los Alamos County announced its openings and closings for the Labor Day holiday.
    Most county offices and other regular functions will be closed in observance of Labor Day. Normal operation will resume at regular business time Tuesday.
    There will also be no trash pickup on Monday. For those whose regular trash day is Monday, pickup will be Wednesday.
    Other closures include Mesa Public Library, the Larry R. Walkup Center — which had been under maintenance and closed prior to Monday — and the county’s Eco Station.
    Los Alamos’ golf course, however, will be in regular operation for Labor Day. Call 662-8139 for hours and tee time availability.
    Emergency services will also be operating as normally scheduled, including 911 service and police dispatch at 662-8222.
    Also on Monday, Atomic City Transit will not be running either its normal route service or the Dial-a-Ride service.

  • Totavi having Customer Appreciation Day

    The Totavi Phillips 66 Station is holding a Customer Appreciation Day, which is scheduled for Wednesday.
    The station will have giveaways, a prize wheel and other events for customers that day.

    It will run from 2:30-7 p.m.

  • House Dems look to impeach Duran

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives are taking aim at New Mexico's top elections official after allegations of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering were leveled against her by the state attorney general.

    House Democrats announced Monday they want to begin the impeachment process against Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran. They've asked Republicans, who hold the majority in the chamber, for a meeting.

    Duran is facing a 64-count complaint stemming from allegations that she funneled campaign donations into personal accounts and withdrew large sums of money at casinos around the state.

    Duran's attorney says she looks forward to addressing the allegations in court.

    The secretary of state's office declined to comment on the charges Monday, saying only that the staff would continue to carry out the duties of the office.

  • 'Toppers win home tournament

    All three games the 'Toppers boys soccer team played in its home tournament were close, but the 'Toppers won all three to calim the Louie Cernicek championship.

    Los Alamos beat Bosque, 2-1, Saturday night to clinch the title. It was the team's third straight victory by the same score.

    After a scoreless first half, DC Kim gave Los Alamos the lead with a long goal in the second. Eric Burnside added a late score to put Los Alamos up, 2-0. Bosque cut the lead in half with a goal on a penalty kick, but Los Alamos held on to win the game.

    Los Alamos also beat Clovis and Goddard, 2-1, during the tournament.

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