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  • Today In History, April 16
  • NNSA completes wind tunnel test for nuclear bomb

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced Monday that its Sandia National Laboratories successfully completed the first full-scale wind tunnel test of the B61‑12 as part of the NNSA’s ongoing effort to refurbish the B61 nuclear bomb. The purpose of this test was to characterize counter torque, the interaction between the spin rocket motor plumes and tail fins, across the B61-12 flight envelope.
    “As long as the United States continues to have nuclear weapons, we must ensure that they remain safe, secure and effective without the use of underground testing,” said NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs Don Cook. “This wind tunnel test helps to understand the B61-12 flight characteristics in preparation for our first three full-scale development drop tests with the Air Force at the Tonapah Test Range in 2015.”
    Sandia conducted the test in a transonic wind tunnel at Arnold Engineering Development Center in partnership with Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), and Boeing, St. Charles (Tailkit manufacturer). The test facility simulated numerous flight environments and the B61-12 spin rocket motors. Early review of the results suggests that the data from this test will allow for successful characterization of counter torque across the B61-12 flight envelope. 

  • Gov reports $4M in reelection coffers

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has raised $1.5 million for her re-election in the past six months, giving the Republican incumbent a big fundraising advantage over Democratic challengers, according to the latest campaign finance disclosures.
    Martinez reported cash-on-hand of $4.2 million in her campaign account, which far exceeds the fundraising of any of the five Democrats seeking their party’s nomination in the June 2 primary election.
    Monday was the deadline for candidates to file campaign finance disclosures with the secretary of state’s office.
    Alan Webber, a wealthy Santa Fe businessman, was the leading Democratic fundraiser with $837,146. That included $450,000 in personal loans and contributions.
    Lawrence Rael raised $339,357, followed by Attorney General Gary King with $233,524, Sen. Howie Morales of Silver City with $194,976 and Sen. Linda Lopez of Albuquerque with $29,499.
    All of the Democratic candidates except Lopez loaned personal money to their campaigns.
    Webber’s campaign reported a cash balance of nearly $439,915 as of last week, and Rael had $228,767. King had cash-on-hand of $89,178, Morales had $46,625 and Lopez had $19,289.

  • Police Beat 04-15-14

    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, served a court summons, or issued a citation.
    April 3

    10:30 a.m.: Jonathan Kebesadel, 22, of Los Alamos was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) at the 1200 block of 9th Street.

    10:30 a.m.: Jordan Miller, 19, was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce at 1200 block of 9th Street.
    April 4

    7:48 a.m.: A 42-year-old Velarde woman reported to police she was the victim of harassment at Central Park Square.
    April 5

    7:01 p.m.: A 17-year-old Los Alamos teen reported to police he was the victime of criminal damage to property on North Road.

    April 7

    10:40 a.m.: A 35-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of a larceny (more than $500, less than $2,500) at 42nd Street.

    8:30 a.m.: Cyndy Remelius, 18, of Los Alamos was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) at the corner of Futura and Meadow Lane.
    April 8

  • Update 04-15-14

    GOP meeting

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at UNM-LA Room 608. The topic of the meeting will be “Local Issues.”


    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in a special session in council chambers.


    The annual Phi Beta Kappa Los Alamos chapter banquet featuring guest speaker Dr. Doug Dunston and honoring the outstanding 2014 LA High School graduates will be 5:30 p.m. April 27 at Fuller Lodge. There is a deadline for the members who did not receive an invitation as of Wednesday call 672-0249 or 667-8927 if they would like to attend.


    Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture Series: History Frontiers. 7:30 p.m. today, in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge. Mining Frontiers: “History of Turquoise,” with Patricia McGraw. For more information, call 662-6272 or visit losalamoshistory.org.

    Dem meeting

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos will have its monthly meeting from 7-8 p.m. Thursday in Building 2 at UNMLA.  

  • Crews rescue injured hiker in WR

    If there’s one thing the Los Alamos teen that went missing Sunday had going for her it was that she did many things right before she left for her hike down Red Dot Trail.
    The most important thing, apparently, was that she let her parents know where she was, and she brought a cell phone with her. According to officials at the Los Alamos Fire Department, it was enough.
    Deputy Chief Justin Grider said the rescue call came in around 2 p.m. Sunday. She called her parents and told them where she was. Though the battery in her phone died soon after, a rescue patrol on foot was able to pinpoint her location and bring her out before Sunday’s cold weather set in. Even though she had an unspecified foot injury, she was also able to walk out on her own.
    “Crews were able to locate her after a few hours of searching, and when they found her, they were able to escort her up the side of the mountain,” Grider said.

  • LAMC confronts new fiscal challenges

    The news that the Los Alamos Medical Center Emergency Room is staffed by a contractor that is not part of the Blue Cross Blue Shield New Mexico (BCBSNM) network is only the most recent challenge facing the center.
    The ER Physician Group and BCBSNM are currently in negotiations and a contract is expected to be in place by July. In the meantime, BCBSNM is adjusting claims to the in-network rate if they would otherwise apply.
    LAMC Chief Executive Officer Feliciano Jiron responded to questions about how a provider not contracted with BCBSNM was chosen to staff the emergency room.
    “Like anything else, when you partner with an organization, you’re hoping that that organization will do their part in creating partnerships with other organizations that you share that same need to provide services with,” Jiron said.
    “Ultimately, since they are a separate corporation, we cannot mandate that they participate. And ultimately it would be the choice of those groups to participate. Our hope is that in partnering with an organization, they would share some of the same ideas that we have in regard to participating with payers, but we can’t force that or drive it.”

  • Honoring the Living Treasures

    The newest class of the Los Alamos Living Treasures was honored at a ceremony Sunday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    The newest Living Treasures, John Stewart, Terry Fox and Gene Mortensen, got together along with well-wishers at the BESC for the ceremony and hear what some of the people who know them best had to say about them.
    For Fox, she heard the posthumous thoughts of a longtime friend, Dorothy Hoard. Hoard died in December, but before doing so, nominated Fox for the honor.
    “In Los Alamos, Terry Fox is the definitive voice of the natural world,” Hoard said in her letter, which was read by Living Treasures board member Robert Thomsen. “Her motivation has always been, the more you know, the more you love, the more you want to protect.”
    Fox is a noted local ecologist who has spent the last five decades categorizing the plants and wildlife in and around Los Alamos County.
    Following some brief but heartfelt speeches of friends and neighbors, the honorees got to say a few words of their own.
    Stewart said it was a big deal to him personally to have been picked for the Living Treasures.
    “I’m honored to have been selected,” he said. “In my retirement, I started volunteering just to stay off the streets.”

  • Nelms to step down as LAHS athletic director

    Los Alamos High School athletic director Vicki Nelms has stepped down from her post to accept another post, according to a report this morning.
    Nelms, who has been with LAHS since 2007, is accepting a job in Oregon with a school district near Portland. Nelms, who came to Los Alamos from Vanderbilt, Texas, will move on to take over the athletic department in Clackamas, Ore.
    According to Nelms’ Facebook page, she will be moving to Oregon in mid June.
    Clackamas High School, located about approximately 12 miles from Portland, consists of 2,300 students, more than twice the current population of Los Alamos High School.
    Nelms is a veteran coach and administrator, having nearly 35 years of experience at both the prep and collegiate levels. She took over the department from Robert Abney in the summer of 2007.
    Since joining Los Alamos, Nelms’ department has been a busy one. Los Alamos has gone through coaching changes in nearly every sport, including three so far in 2014.
    Also along the way, Nelms was involved with the removal of the natural field surface at Sullivan Field, which was replaced with artificial surface in the summer of 2011, and a redesign of the façade at Griffith Gymnasium.

  • Be There 04-15-14

    Los Alamos County Power of Parents, associated with the Mother’s Against Drunk Driving program. The free community event is designed on principles proven to reduce underage drinking by 30 percent. 6 p.m. at White Rock Town Hall. For more information visit madd.org/PowerTalk21.

    The Los Alamos Photo Club (LAPC) meets from 7-9 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month, upstairs in Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAPC is photography in general. LAPC normally has one or two field trips per year and occasionally sponsors workshops and classes. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

    Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture Series: History Frontiers. 7:30 p.m., in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge. Mining Frontiers: “History of Turquoise,” with Patricia McGraw. For more information, call 662-6272 or visit losalamoshistory.org.
    Los Alamos County will be holding public information meetings in Los Alamos at the current Teen Center, located in the lower level of the Trinity On the Hill Episcopal Church from 3-5 p.m. for the teens and then at the Community Building (future Teen Center site) from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. to update residents on the design of the new Los Alamos Teen Center.