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Today's News

  • Hintze will head EM at field office

    The Department of Energy’s Office of Emergency Management announced Monday that Douglas E. Hintze will be the new manager as the manager of the new EM Los Alamos Field Office (LAFO).
    Hintze comes to Los Alamos after serving as the assistant manager for Mission Support at the DOE Savannah River Operations Office since September 2012.
    “Doug’s experience in helping to manage work at one of our largest cleanup sites makes him an excellent choice to head up (Emergency Management at LAFO) as we continue to assume direct responsibility for the remaining legacy cleanup activities at the Los Alamos National Laboratory,” acting EM Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney said.
    EM established the EM-LA Field Office in March as part of transitioning direct responsibility for the remaining legacy cleanup at the laboratory from the National Nuclear Security Administration to EM.
    The work includes transuranic waste disposition, soil and groundwater remediation and decommissioning and demolition of aging facilities.
    Christine Gelles, EM associate deputy assistant secretary for Waste Management, headed the office in an acting capacity before Hintze was named manager.

  • After two big wins, Isotopes blow big lead

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (43-53) belted a trio of home runs, including an inside-the-park homer from Roger Bernadina, but the Reno Aces (45-51) scored thee runs in each the eighth and ninth innings to beat the Isotopes 6-5 in come-from-behind fashion. Right-handed pitcher Boone Whiting tossed 6.2 innings of shutout ball for the Isotopes.

    Right-hander Boone Whiting kept the Aces face down through seven innings, and allowed Albuquerque to jump out to a five-run lead.

    The Isotopes first struck with a solo home run from Kyle Parker in the fourth inning.

    Just two batters later, Jeremy Barfield tripled in Angelys Nina with two outs to push the 'Topes lead to 2-0.

    Trevor Story mashed a one-out solo shot in the fifth, and Roger Bernadina followed with an inside-the-park two-run home run as Albuquerque jumped out to a 5-0 lead.

    Former Isotope Jamie Romak hit a three-run home run for Reno in the eighth inning to give the Aces their first offense of the night. Romak struck again with a two-run single in the ninth to tie the game before Mike Freeman singled in the winning run.

  • Baseball teams go down swinging at state

    Both of the Los Alamos County baseball teams that advanced to the state champions were eliminated from title contention over the weekend.
    The 10-11 All-Stars went 1-2 at state.
    The Majors (11-12 year olds) went 0-2 at state.
    The 10-11 year old team started its tournament by losing to the host team, Carlsbad, 9-5. After the loss, the team came back and beat Zia Little League (Clovis) 9-1.
    Los Alamos then took on Carlsbad a second time. The elimination game needed extra innings to be decided, but Carlsbad scored a seventh-inning run to come out on top, 4-3.
    “Overall, I am extremely pleased that our kids represented Los Alamos well in both character and the fact that they played a weekend of competitive baseball,” 10-11 manager Dave Swavely said. “They did not give up!”
    In Albuquerque, Los Alamos’ Majors ended up having to play both teams that escaped from their side of the bracket and advanced to next week’s semifinals.
    Los Alamos played Altamont Little League (Albuquerque) and Lions Hondo (Roswell), but got 10-runned by both teams.
    “You get down there and there’s a lot of good competition, but our kids competed,” Majors manager Jason Martines said. “In games like that you have to play flawless, or close to it.”

  • LA softball team wins state

    Los Alamos County’s 10-11 year old softball team won the state championship Monday night in Santa Fe. Los Alamos’ All-Stars beat Deming 11-8 in the title game.
    “I’m pretty darn proud right now,” Los Alamos manager Donny Ellsworth said. “I think this is the first time we’ve brought a state softball championship back to Los Alamos.”
    After losing its first game of the tournament to Deming, 9-7, Los Alamos had its back against the wall. The team, however, won three straight elimination games to capture the title.
    “We fought back from the loser’s bracket — that’s a long road to the championship,” Ellsworth said.
    Los Alamos responded to its first-round loss by beating Las Vegas 18-0.
    After the win, Los Alamos got a rematch with Deming. Ellsworth said it was pretty close the whole way, but Los Alamos came out on top, 9-6, to force a deciding game in the double-elimination tournament for the state title.
    “Each game we gave the them things from the previous game to work on,” Ellsworth said.
    Before the championship, however, Ellsworth and his coaches just told the girls that they deserved to be there and it would boil down to which team had more heart.

  • Today in history July 21
  • Today’s launch brings a close to ScienceFest

    ScienceFest officially wraps up today with its final event, High Powered Rocket Day.
    This will be an out-of-county event, which will be held 8 miles north of Española on N.M. 68 going toward Taos.
    High Powered Rocket Day will give model rocketeers the chance to show off their stuff. Today’s event will go from 1:30-5 p.m.
    Among those scheduled to make an appearance today are the Zia Spacemodeler Rocket Club, which will be demonstrating and launching several of its “G” through “I” motor high powered models. Those models are scheduled to be launched on the hour at 2, 3 and 4 p.m.
    Those wishing to launch their own “A” through “F” —low power — rockets may do so, as well. There is a $5 fee to do so.
    Spectators are invited and there is no admission charge. However, organizers warn that parking and shaded areas are limited at the launch site, so spectators should plan accordingly.
    Here are directions to get to the event from Los Alamos:

  • Judge: Academy must release docs in Foster lawsuit

    SANTA FE —A district court judge recently ruled that the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy must turn over documents relating to an investigation into a Los Alamos police officer’s certification status.
    The motion is connected to a lawsuit filed against Los Alamos County by attorneys George Geran and Linda Hemphill, who are representing three officers who were with the Los Alamos Police Department. The officers are claiming they were wrongfully terminated or forced out of the department by Los Alamos County in order to appease the officer that was being investigated by the academy.
    The former officers suing the county are Randy Foster, Scott Mills and Paige Early. Foster is suing for wrongful termination, and Mills and Early are suing for allegedly being forced out of the department for their role into the investigation into former LAPD officer Brian Schamber.
    The investigation was requested in late 2012 by Foster, who was then acting as police chief of the Los Alamos Police Department.

  • Update 7-19-15

    Breakfast

    The American Legion Post 90 will host a breakfast at its restaurant on Trinity Drive Sunday. The breakfast, which includes eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes and beverage, will be from 8:30-11 a.m. Tickets are $8. Proceeds go to benefit American Legion programs.

    MOWW

    The July meeting of The Military Order of the World Wars will be at the annual barbecue picnic Tuesday at the Posse Lodge. RSVP by today. Call Norman G. Wilson at 662-9544 or Eleanor Pinyan at 672-3750.

    'Wimpy Kid'

    Fans of the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, in between the ages of 6-12, are invited to an event at Mesa Public Library, which is scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday.

    County Council

    County Council will have a work session at 7 p.m. Tuesday at White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the county’s municipal building.

    Authors Speak

    The Authors Speak Series will continue Thursday with Larry Littlefield, who has published a book about New Mexico wildflowers. Littlefield will give a presentation at Mesa Public Library. It will start at 7 p.m.

  • ECA tackles issues of new park’s sites

    When the Energy Communities Alliance held its conference in Los Alamos this week, it did not discuss its usual issues, such as lobbying for nuclear waste cleanup.
    Instead, this conference was devoted to examining various components related to the launch of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP).
    The group of leaders from Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Hanford, Washington, toured Manhattan era sites behind the fence at Los Alamos National Laboratory, visited the Bradbury Science Museum and spent a day and half exploring various issues related to the creation of the new park.
    Presentations included one by Richard Knox, assistant director of the National Park Service (NPS), who is overseeing NPS’s efforts in developing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Energy for access and interpretation of sites “behind the fence” at all three locations.
    A session titled, “Implementing the park — A site perspective,” provided insights into the challenges and opportunities related to opening DOE sites to the public. Panelists were NNSA Los Alamos Site Office Environmental Coordinator Pete Maggiore, DOE Oak Ridge Operations Office General Attorney Colin Colverson and Bandelier National Park Superintendent Jason Lott.

  • Births 7-19-15

    July 1: A boy, Marcus Bailey Aaron Matthew DeGood, born to Passion DeGood
    July 7: A boy, Sounak Chakraborty, born to Amrita and Saumen Chakraborty