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Today's News

  • Energy Communities Alliance discusses Manhattan Project Park

    Several representatives from Los Alamos attended an Energy Communities Alliance meeting in Denver, Colorado, last week to discuss cooperative efforts to promote the Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP).
    The Los Alamos contingent was comprised of councilors James Chrobocinski and Kristin Henderson, County Manager Harry Burgess, Deputy County Manager Brian Bosshardt, Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan, Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation Executive Director Patrick Sullivan, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) MPNHP Program Manager Vicki Loucks and LANL Historian Ellen McGehee.  
    Representatives from the other MPNHP sites in Hanford, Washington and Oak Ridge, Tennessee, were also present, along with Department of Energy and National Park Service personnel.
    “It was real positive. It was kind of the three different communities really working together to see how we can cross promote each other and cross promote the park,” Chrobocinski told the Los Alamos Monitor. “It wasn’t a feeling of animosity or competing, but rather, how can we all work together to help promote it? So there was a positive feeling to it.”

  • LAFD promotes from within

    The Los Alamos Fire Department had its annual promotion ceremony in late July, where the department promoted eight firefighters from within the department.
    Deputy Chief Steven Dawald said most of those promotions were to fill retirements that happened earlier in the year. Dawald himself was promoted to the department’s deputy chief position after long time Deputy Chief Justin Grider retired earlier this year.
    Firefighters within the department looking to be promoted often find what they need within the community.
    People that do promote forecast what they need to do to be promoted,” Dawald said.
    Resources could include anything from courses to obtaining a degree. Firefighters looking to become battalion chiefs, for example, must have at least an associate’s degree.
    Many firefighters have taken advantage of the Fire Science program at the University of New Mexico, Los Alamos campus. Dawald is co-chair of the EMS/Fire Science Program at UNM-LA.
    “We’ve got quite a few, and we have some taking courses from our department as we speak,” Dawald said.
    Promoting from within the department is important, he added.

  • Middle school music room gets upgrade

    The Los Alamos Middle School’s Music Room got a new start this year, thanks to a partnership between the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation and the Los Alamos Public Schools.
    Members of the Kiwanis Club, Music Teacher Ryan Finn, parents, members of the LA Public Schools Foundation and the Los Alamos Public Schools worked hard all summer refurbishing the school’s music room.
    The music room is adjacent to the school’s gym.
    They added new lighting, refurbished the storage lockers for the instruments and redid the room’s flooring. They also added acoustic panels to absorb sound.
    The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation contributed $25,000 to the project, and the Los Alamos Public Schools contributed $10,000 to the project.
    This classroom makeover like most of those performed by Foundation was the joint effort and expense of the Los Alamos Public Schools, said Joanna Gillespie executive director of the foundation. “LAPS is heartwarmingly thanked for contributing $10,000 in materials and labor helping the Foundation keep costs down by adding our project to those already being performed here at the middle school.”

  • Emergency exercise planned Friday

    Residents should expect to see some commotion around town Friday as Los Alamos National Laboratory conducts an emergency preparedness exercise.
    The Laboratory routinely conducts emergency exercises to test the preparedness of emergency response and other LANL personnel who would respond to an actual emergency, the lab said in a release Tuesday.
    Other agencies participating in this planned exercise include Los Alamos County and the Los Alamos Medical Center.
    During the exercise, lab employees may see emergency response vehicles with their lights running in the area of the Pajarito Corridor/Pecos Road as well as heavy activity around the Los Alamos Medical Center. “Exercise in Progress” signs will be in place to alert employees and the public that an emergency exercise is in progress.
    Motorists should expect some traffic control along Pecos Road but it the road will not be closed to traffic.

  • ‘Enthusiastic’ kids get back to class

    Thursday was the first day of school in Los Alamos, and as could be expected, thoughts and feelings were wide ranging.
    In the Mountain Elementary School neighborhood, some former students decided to get an early start to the bus stop.
    First year middle-school students Grace Xie and Nina Johnson were first to arrive. They said one thing would enjoy was being back with their friends. However, they’ve never been to the middle school before, so that would be a challenge.
    “It’s so big,” Xie said, as she and Johnson headed past Mountain Elementary and up North Street to the bus.
    Cody Rosson, another new middle-school student, wasn’t far behind. He said it was good to be back, but he was a little apprehensive about going to a new school.
    “I’m a little nervous, because of all the classes and the stuff you have to do.” he said. “Other than that, I think it’s going to be fun,” Rosson said.
    Mountain Elementary School Principal Jennifer Guy arrived at the school hours ahead of schedule, making last minute preparations to make sure all the students and teachers got off to a good start.
    “It’s going to be a great year,” she said. “I’m ready.”
    Guy said the school has five new teachers.

  • Magnitude 3.9 quake hits near New Mexico-Colorado line

    TRINIDAD, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has downgraded the strength of a small earthquake near the New Mexico-Colorado border.

    Geophysicist Don Blakeman says Tuesday's quake had a magnitude of 3.9.

    Initial reports put the magnitude at 4.5.

    The quake struck just before 11 a.m. and was centered about 26 miles west-southwest of Trinidad, Colorado.

    Authorities in Las Animas County, Colorado, and in New Mexico's Colfax and Taos counties say there are no reports of damage.

  • Relay for Life at Ashley Pond tonight

    Community members touched by cancer, and those who support them, will spend tonight walking around Ashley Pond to raise money for the American Cancer Society (ACS).
    During the annual Relay for Life event, individuals and teams will camp out at Ashley Pond Park and take turns walking.
    Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times “because cancer never sleeps.” Participants may be survivors, walking in remembrance of someone or celebrating a cure.
    Despite the fact that participants are raising money to combat a grim disease, Community Manager Manuel Luna is quick to point out that the event is anything but somber.
    “For the most part, everybody’s just walking, you’re visiting, you’re having a good time. You have your chairs out there, you have your picnic tables,” Luna said. “You’re just having a good old time. The luminaria ceremony is probably going to be the only somber part of the whole event.”
    During the sunset luminaria ceremony, Relay for Life participants and donors personalize luminaria bags with a name, photo, message or drawing in memory or honor of a friend or loved one who has been affected by cancer.

  • County establishes new four-way stop near Aspen Elementary School

    LAPD would like to notify all drivers that Los Alamos County Traffic and Engineering has established a new four-way stop sign intersection.  The intersection at Villa and 33rd Street, in front of Aspen Elementary, has been converted from a two-way stop to a four-way stop.  Officers will be out enforcing this new change. LAPD would also like to remind parents that there is no parking on Villa Street from 34th Street towards Aspen Elementary/33rd Street on both sides of the street at the start and end of school.     
     

  • Rael pleads no contest to DUI

    David Rael, 36, of Los Alamos was sentenced Aug. 16 for driving under the influence and causing an accident at the intersection at Central Avenue and Diamond Drive in January.
    Rael pled no contest to the charge in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.
    Rael was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 30 days of credit for time served with 334 suspended. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised probation and to 96 hours of community service. He was also fined $750 and must also pay $291 in court costs.
    No one was injured in the accident on Jan. 29. Rael was out on bail for a prior offense when the accident occurred.
    In September 2014, Rael was arrested on suspicion of distributing, manufacturing and possessing child pornography. Rael is scheduled for trial for those offenses in January 2017.
    While being examined for injuries at the accident, Rael admitted to driving while intoxicated.
    “I admit I’m DWI,” he reportedly told police, according to court documents.
    Rael also reportedly told police at the scene he consumed a six-pack carton of an alcoholic beverage two hours before the crash.
    While on probation, Rael must perform community service and avoid breaking state or federal laws for the next three years.

  • Lujan in favor of more drug treatment funds

    U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (NM-3) vowed to keep fighting for $1.1 billion in federal funding that, if passed, would strengthen and create new drug treatment resources in New Mexico and the U.S.
    “Remembering that addiction is an illness and addiction is something that can be cured, I believe with that being said our members, our colleagues in the house, the Republicans, when I offered the amendment in committee and our colleagues offered the language to fund the legislative package at $1.1 billion, which is the president’s 2017 request level, it was our Republican colleagues who refused to request that. It did not pass,” Lujan said. “We’re standing to hold our colleagues accountable and to make sure we’re able to get a vote on that funding package by the end of the year. That’s our hope.”
    The announcement was made during a conference call to state media about an upcoming community forum on drug treatment in Albuquerque Thursday.
    In July, President Obama signed into law the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016. In May, Lujan proposed the $1.1 billion in funding for the act in House Bill 5216, The Opioid and Heroin Abuse Crisis Investment Act of 2016. The bill is in the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.