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Today's News

  • EM head visits WIPP, LANL

     EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney Thursday visited the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, N.M., where he became the first non-WIPP employee to tour the underground facility since a truck fire and unrelated radiological release temporarily closed the facility in February.
     “EM and the greater DOE is committed to reopening WIPP to support the important mission of cleaning up the nation’s legacy of nuclear waste,” Whitney said. “DOE’s highest priority is the safety, health and protection of the public, the workers, the community, and the environment.”
    Whitney also made a visit to the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    EM’s Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Manager Joe Franco appreciated Whitney’s visit to WIPP.
    “We believe today’s tour of the underground facility represents a significant benchmark for progress toward resumption of normal activities at the facility,” Franco said. CBFO has responsibility for WIPP and the National Transuranic Program.
    A recovery plan outlining the necessary steps to resume operations at the transuranic waste disposal site was released in September, and CBFO staff and contractors have been actively engaged in accident investigations and recovery related activities since the early days following the events.

  • State Briefs 10-17-14

    Land Office nears
    record with $78M

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico State Land Office has earned more than $78 million for schools, hospitals and other beneficiaries of the state land trust.
    September’s earnings mark the second-highest monthly revenues in the history of the Land Office. The highest month on record was $79 million in December 2013.
    Land Commissioner Ray Powell says his office is working with the private sector, Native American tribes and federal agencies to boost the economic return of trust land through leases, renewable energy development and other projects.
    Of the most recent earnings, more than $65 million went to public schools and nearly $2 million went to state colleges and universities.
    More than $1.1 million went to special hospitals within the state, while $2.2 million went to public buildings, the state penitentiary and water reservoirs.

    Police: Food fight
    turns violent

  • Police Beat 10-17-14

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, serveda court summons, or issued a citation.
    Oct. 2

    7:30 p.m. — John Craven, 32 arrested through a warrant issued through the Los Alamos District Court. The warrant was for a Jan. 17 larceny (over $2,500, less than $20,000) committed at Todd Loop.

    11:12 a.m.— Andrea Herrera, 30, of Chamita was arrested through an order of commitment from the Los Alamos Municipal Court.

    1:24 p.m. — Luis Poncechitica, 29, of Medenales was arrested on a charge of proof of financial responsibility on N.M. 4.
    Oct. 3
    7 p.m. ­— Joey Martinez, 22, of Española was arrested through a warrant issued through the Los Alamos Magistrate Court. The warrant was for a reckless driving on N.M. 502 June 3.

    10 a.m. — Brad Tuning, 54, of Los Alamos was arrested through a warrant issued through the Los Alamos Magistrate Court.
    Oct. 4

    1:05 .a.m. — Angelina Naranjo, 32, of Santa Fe was arrested through a misdemeanor warrant issued through another jurisdiction at Trinity Drive.

  • Update 10-17-14

    Ski Swap

     1-4 p.m. Saturday at Los Alamos Middle School. Public drop off 8-11 a.m.

    Crafts fair

    Fuller Lodge Art Center’s 37th Annual Juired “Gateway to the Holidays” Arts & Crafts Fair. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road.

    Viewing party

    The “Manhattan” TV series viewing party and discussion is scheduled for 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    Lunch With a Leader

    The League of Women Voters will have the monthly meeting at 11:45 a.m. Oct. 21 at Mesa Public Library. Lunch will be available from the LA Co-op Market for $10. To order lunch, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605, or at kaskacayman@gmail.com. Lunch does not have to be ordered to attend the meeting. Lunch orders are due Sunday.

    Carnival

    Mountain Elementary Halloween Carnival. 4:30-7:30 p.m. today. Weather permitting, game booths will be outdoors on the upper playground. Festivities include the haunted house, book fair, cake walk, face painting, game booths and prizes. Tickets are $5 for 20; games are three tickets each, cake walk is four tickets and haunted house is five. All proceeds benefit the students of Mountain School through the PTA. 

  • Emergency crews find no gas leak at high school

    Emergency crews were dispatched to Los Alamos High School this morning with a report of a possible gas leak. The school was evacuated and students stayed outside as DPU and LAFD crews investigated. They did not find anything and students, teachers and other personnel were let back into the school about 8:30 a.m. A release from the county at 8:30 a.m. said, “LAFD reports no gas leak found, buildings have been turned back over to schools and teens entering now.” A later release from the county at 10 a.m. said, “crews responded because of reports of a smell of gas, but, there wasn’t a gas leak discovered. Students were not in danger.” 

  • Trinity design at 60 percent

    At last week’s Transportation Board meeting, Project Manager Bryan Aragon presented the 60-percent design for the N.M. 502/Trinity Drive project. The project parameters are from Knecht Street to Tewa Loop.
    This is a New Mexico Department of Transportation project. Souder, Miller & Associates has been contracted as the design engineer.
    The $4.925 million project is funded through the FY2014 NMDOT District 5 State Transportation Improvement Program in the amount of $3.8 million, with a $1.125 million dollar match from the county Capital Improvement Program.
    The major features of the redesign are a roundabout at the Trinity Drive/Central Avenue intersection and expanding the roadway between Tewa Loop and Central Avenue to four lanes, with medians and left turn lanes.
    The section north of Central Avenue will remain one-lane for a short distance, but the southbound road between Smith’s Marketplace and Central will be widened to two lanes.
    The Canyon Road intersection will be redesigned to meet Trinity at a 90-degree angle directly across from Arroyo Lane. DP Road will be widened to include a left turn lane.
    The design includes improved and extended sidewalks as well as bike lanes. The bike lanes will be redirected to the sidewalk in the roundabout.

  • Man who pulled shotgun receives probation

    The attitude he came to court with cost him a few points with the judge, but he didn’t seem to mind much. Darren Martinez, the former Los Alamos resident who threatened a neighbor with a shotgun in December of last year, apparently smirked his way through his sentencing Thursday, which didn’t sit too well with Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados.
    For his behavior, Martinez, now a resident of Española, will have to meet with a probation officer in Los Alamos until the probation officer feels he can continue his probation in Española. Casados also tacked on 10 anger management classes to his sentence.
    Martinez received a plea deal where he’s agreed to plead guilty to attempted,aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His actual sentence was 365 days in county jail with 365 days suspended. Probation will be for a year, starting with six months supervised followed by six months unsupervised.
    According to court documents, on Dec. 10 2013, Martinez, 21, confronted a 13-year-old boy, who was the son of his neighbors. Martinez told him to stay away from his girlfriend, telling him “you don’t want something stupid s--- to happen, right.”

  • Google honors Los Alamos

    Today, Google announced that Los Alamos has been named the 2014 eCity of New Mexico. The eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business community in each state – the digital capitals of America. These cities’ businesses are embracing the web to find new customers, connect with existing clients and fuel their local economies. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján and members of the Los Alamos business community gathered at the Los Alamos Co-op Market on Friday to celebrate the eCity Award given to Los Alamos by Google. “The Los Alamos business community has proven that its reach extends well beyond the store front,” said Heinrich. “By utilizing the power of the Internet, small businesses in Los Alamos are reaching more customers, creating jobs and growing the local economy.”

  • Lobos need to stop Falcons' option attack

    In the option, the system is what you have to beat. You stop the dive, limit the quarterback keeper, shut down the pitch.
    Still, there are individuals that shine in this system. The Air Force Falcons have two of them.
    The University of New Mexico Lobo football team needs to contain Air Force quarterback Kale Pearson.
    Pearson missed most of the 2013 season and is nursing an injured shoulder this season. He is still a weapon. He orchestrates the Falcons’ option and he usually does it at a high level.
    When he does pull the right triggers at the right time, the Falcons usually win. Pearson has 360 yards on the ground. .
    “You look at their offense, it's slightly different than last year, particularly because the quarterback is back that was injured in the first game last year,” said Lobos Coach Bob Davie. “He’s a heck of a competitor. He’s fun to watch. Their offense is the same style, but the quarterback is a heck of a player.”
    The big back in the Falcons’ option is Jacobi Owens, who has 697 yards on the season and a 5.3-yard average per carry. Owens averages 112.7 yards per game.

  • Roundup: JV soccer teams tie with Hope

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls junior varsity soccer teams played two separate games with their counterparts from Hope Christian and in both instances nothing was resolved.
    Wednesday, the Hiltopper girls JV team deadlocked with the Huskies 1-1 at Sullivan Field. That same day, Los Alamos’ boys JV squad finished in a 1-1 tie with Hope Christian, also at home.
    The boys game pitted two strong teams against each other. Los Alamos was 9-3 heading into the contest, while Hope Christian was 11-2.
    In that game, Hope Christian’s Kevin Sanchez scored in the first half, the same half Los Alamos’ goal was scored. Both teams’ offenses were shut out in the second half.
    Valerie Li, an eighth grader, got the lone score for the Hilltoppers in the girls game Wednesday. Li’s goal gave Los Alamos the edge at halftime, but Hope cored in the second half to tie things up.
    The Hilltopper girls followed that up with a victory Thursday night at home. The Hilltoppers got a second half goal from Hannah Littleton to nip the St. Michael’s Horsemen 1-0.
    With that win, Los Alamos’ girls improve to 5-7-1 on the year.

    Capital tops Los Alamos 27-20 in football