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  • NNSA releases its stewardship plans

    The National Nuclear Security Administration released its Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan (SSMP) for the 2016 fiscal year Thursday.
    The NNSA, which is part of the Department of Energy, is tasked with managing the country’s nuclear weapons stockpile.
    The 2016 plan is similar to the one proposed by the NNSA last fiscal year, but the new report did not some significant changes. One of those changes directly affects Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    Specifically, additional resources have been devoted by the NNSA to executing the country’s plutonium strategy.
    That will change the timeline of work at the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research building at LANL to cease programmatic operations by 2019.
    Activity from the CMR building will be moved to the new Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement facility. The goal for the change is to bump up war reserve production capacity to as many as 80 plutonium pits by 2030.
    Funding for CMRR was deferred by the federal government in 2012.
    Preparing for CMR shutdown will include maximizing the use of the RLUOB facility by installing additional plutonium-handling equipment and repurposing underused space at PF-4.
    NNSA stated it may also take the step in the future to construct additions to TA-55 to aid in the transfer.

  • Last Days at Pajarito

    Skiers and snowboarders turned up in droves last week for Pajarito Mountain’s Skiesta event. This weekend is the final scheduled weekend for Pajarito for the 2014-15 season, which got off to a slow start but finished strong.

  • Friday's newspaper may be delayed

    Due to production problems, delivery of the Los Alamos Monitor may be delayed today. The Los Alamos Monitor apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

  • Fourteen is the new 12 at NCAA tournament

    The heart-pounding first full day of the tournament was headlined by two No. 14 seeds taking down two No. 3 seeds before the day was even half over.
    Trendy Final Four pick Iowa State lost to UAB, 60-59, and Georgia State edged Baylor, 57-56.
    Northeastern nearly made it a clean sweep for the three 14s in action on Thursday when it put a scare into Notre Dame before falling 69-65.
    Georgia State and UAB had two of the five one-point victories on the day, the most ever for a single day in the tournament and as many as the previous two tournaments combined.
    Now at least one 14-seed has beaten a 3 in each of the last three tournaments. It was the first time since 1995 that two No. 14s have advanced.
    Conventional wisdom when filling out brackets includes always picking a 12 seed to beat a No. 5. It happens practically every year.
    But this time around, Utah beat Stephen F. Austin and Arkansas beat underdog Wofford to make the No. 5s 2-0 on the day.
    There is one more 14 seed waiting to play. Albany will play No. 3 Oklahoma on Friday.

  • Pajarito closing for the ski season Sunday

    With four new inches of snow Friday morning, skiers and snowboarders will get to end their ski season at Pajarito with a few more powder turns.
    The mountain will close for the winter season on Sunday.
    “It sure made the ski area look really pretty,” Pajarito’s General Manager Tom Long said.
    The new snow was wet and heavy. It blanketed the trees in white and covered some areas on the mountain that were getting thin.
    There’s a small chance the mountain could get another trace of snow tonight, but not much more than that and not enough to justify staying open any longer.
    “The 22nd seems like the prudent choice to close for the year,” Long said.
    Long added that Pajarito’s sister resorts — Sipapu, Purgatory (Colo.) and Arizona Snowbowl — are still open, giving its pass holders some other options to get more spring skiing in.
    “We had a tough year here,” Long said. “The quantity (of snow) has been OK, but the timing has been off.”
    Pajarito wasn’t able to open until late January, missing the Christmas crowds. After that, however, the mountain had some good spurts business wise during the President’s day holiday and Texas’ spring break.

  • 'Caveman' busted with 43 pot plants

    During the execution of a recent “narcotics knock and announce” search warrant on a residence located on Pueblo Drive in the Denver Steels area of Los Alamos, Los Alamos police arrested Roy Moore, 67, for marijuana possession, (eight ounces or more) intentionally distributing or possessing with intent to distribute a controlled substance, (marijuana), and “intent to use or possess with intent to use drug paraphernalia to plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, repack, store, contain, conceal, inject, ingest, inhale, or otherwise introduce into the human body a controlled substance in violation of the controlled substance act.”
    Police contacted Moore at his home on Pueblo Drive and detained him when he came outside. When police entered, they “located various containers with dried marijuana” in Moore’s living room, according to a report.
    Police also found a blue glass pipe with marijuana residue in it. They also found a metal tray with marijuana in it being laid out to dry.
    Police then found a spare room that had multiple grow lights in it suspended from the ceiling. In the sunroom, police found 43 marijuana plants. LAPD said the plants in total weighed 12 pounds.

  • Today in history March 20
  • 'Toppers win first game at Piedra Vista tournament

    The Los Alamos baseball team started the Piedra Vista tournament with a 7-4 win against Valencia on Thursday.
    “It was a good team win,” Los Alamos head coach Mike Gill said. “Everyone contributed.”
    The team’s defense was solid once again and Gill said almost every player made a defensive play in the game.
    It was a 1-run contest heading into the fifth inning. With Los Alamos hanging on to a 4-3 lead, Jared Mang gave Valencia a big blow — he smacked a 3-run home run to give the ’Toppers some breathing room.
    Valencia scored one more time in the seventh, but it couldn’t catch Los Alamos.
    Both teams scored one run in the first inning. Connor Mang singled and then scored for Los Alamos.
    In the second inning, Lane Saunders hit a 2-RBI single and Los Alamos scored 3 runs to take the lead. Valencia countered with 2 runs in the fourth, but Jared Mang’s home run the next inning kept the Jaguars from catching up.
    Mang also pitched a complete game for Los Alamos. He struck out four, walked three and gave up nine base hits in seven innings. He also forced Valencia to leave five runners stranded on base.
    “He threw well,” Gill said. “He hit spots and used his off-speed pitches to keep them off balance.”

  • Majure appointed NMED spokesperson

    The New Mexico Enviornment Department announced today that longtime Los Alamos resident Allison Majure has been named communications director.

    “Ms. Majure’s background in municipal utilities, software marketing, journalism, and nonprofit communications brings both depth and agility to the Department’s communications,” said NMED secretary Ryan Flynn. “Her track record demonstrates her strong commitment to improving environmental awareness through the practice of open and direct communication. Her ability to clearly articulate the Environment Department’s goals, standards and expectations will foster informed decision-making and actions on environmental issues by New Mexicans and other stakeholders.”  

    Majure served previously in public relations with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities and as a reporter with the Los Alamos Monitor. She has a bachelor's degree from California-Berkley.

  • Off The Hill 3-19-15

    Art exhibits
    Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser. Through May 2015 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 708 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.

    Recently acquired works by artists Ansel Adams, Gustave Baumann, Betty Hahn and many others will be on view in “Hunting + Gathering: New Additions to the Museum Collection.” The exhibition runs through March 29.
    Michelle Korte Leccia and Autumn Pearson present their duo show “Something Old Something Knew.” Opening reception 4-7 p.m. Saturday at the Art Shack in Madrid, 2833 Highway 14. Leccia and Pearson are artists using recycled materials living and working in the mountains south of Tijeras. Show runs until March 28.

    Kent Hick’s “The Spirit of the Land” Solo Exhibition. Opening reception 3-5 p.m. March 1 at Act I Gallery in Taos. Show runs until March 31.

    Jock Sturges: Fanny. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. April 10 at photo-eye Gallery. Show runs until May 23.