Today's News

  • Update 7-22-15

    Classic Air

    Classic Air Medical will land its rescue helicopter at the Los Alamos Nature Center as part of the
    Summer Family Evenings program. The helicopter will touch down at 6:45 p.m. today in the nature center parking lot.

    APP Board

    The Arts In Public Places Board will have its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The meeting will be in room 110 of the municipal building.

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will have a regular session July 28 in chambers. Meeting time is 7 p.m.

    Lifeguard course

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will host a Red Cross lifeguard training pre-course at 6 p.m. Thursday. Standards for the pre-training course are listed on the county’s website, losalamosnm.us.

    Swing Dance

    There will be a swing dance at the Los Alamos Posse Lodge starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, hosted by Atomic City Swing. There is a beginner’s lesson at 7 p.m., followed by social dancing. Price is $3 for dancers, $5 for those taking the lesson. Email atomiccityswing@gmail.com for information.


    Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones tribute band, will be featured at this week’s Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. The show will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond. All Gordon’s Summer Concerts are free.

  • Gas purging of pipe will start Thursday

    New Mexico Gas Company has informed the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities that it will purge a natural gas line, weather permitting, on East Jemez Road near Los Alamos County’s Eco Station.
    Work will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday and continue until 6 p.m.
    According to the county, New Mexico Gas Company is purging the line so crews can perform maintenance work at its natural gas border station on East Road across from Camino Entrada.
    “Purging,” according to the gas company, is the act of releasing natural gas from an existing section of pipeline so that work can be done safely under Federal Regulatory requirements.
    As part of the purging, resident in the area of Royal Crest, as well as some Los Alamos National Laboratory employees, may smell natural gas and hear a loud noise associated with the controlled release of gas through the pipe.
    It was also reported that vehicles may be interrupted on East Jemez Road for periods of time while the purging is taking place in order to eliminate any potential ignition sources.
    The procedure is safe and gas company technicians are scheduled to be on site to monitor the situation.  
    For more information, call New Mexico Gas Company at 1-888-664-2726.

  • Travel Channel to air segment on Los Alamos

    “Time Traveling with Brian Unger,” a show on the Travel Channel, will air an episode with a segment on Los Alamos Thursday. Viewer should check their television service listings for specific time.
    Thursday’s episode will feature Unger and guests traveling “back to follow the tale of the atom bomb,” according to an announcement from the Travel Channel about the episode.
    The theme of the episode is a trip to the Wild West. Another segment of the episode will feature Billy the Kid.
    Unger, the host of the show, has credits including “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “The Daily Show,” “Some Assembly Required” and “How the States Got Their Shapes.”
    Previously, he has been named one of the “100 Most Creative People in Entertainment” by Entertainment Weekly and lauded by TV Guide and the New York Observer for his work on “The Daily Show.”
    “Time Traveling” premiered on the Travel Channel in April. The Los Alamos Monitor will feature an interview with Unger Thursday.

  • Kettering receives merit award

    The New Mexico School Nurse Association recently presented Los Alamos High School nurse, Kate Kettering, with a Merit Award for Excellence in Nursing at its annual conference.
    Kettering is a licensed professional school nurse and member of the National Association of School Nurses.
    Her belief in “better health, better learning” motivates her to teach each freshman class how to manage severe allergies and asthma while at school, said Los Alamos Public Schools in an announcement about Kettering’s award.
    LAPS gives credit to Kettering and the team of school nurses for ensuring the district is fully compliant with the state of New Mexico immunization requirements.”
    “Kate is an outstanding nurse whose service to our students, staff and the entire LAHS community is exceptional,” LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus said.
    As a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer, Kettering trains all LAPS school nurses in caring for students in crisis. She has been invited to train the Rio Arriba County and Santa Fe Public School nurses, as well.
    LAPS said she enjoys working with students and “continues to be a valuable member of the district’s International Science Fair review board, evaluating the potential risks of student research involving humans.”

  • Treasure Benny Lujan dies

    One of Los Alamos’ Living Treasures, Jose “Benny” Luján, died Tuesday, surrounded by his family.
    Luján was named a Living Treasure in 2005 after living much of his life in Los Alamos. He moved to Los Alamos in 1944, working as a dishwasher and a busboy.
    After service in the U.S. Army, Luján returned to the Hill in 1948 and was a veteran of the local fire department before joining Los Alamos National Laboratory as a radiation monitor.
    He retired in 1990.
    According to his biography with the Living Treasures, Luján helped set up stations for United Blood Services drives, provided support for those running the Bandelier Marathon and played vibraphones and accordion for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk.
    As of press time today, service arrangements for him were still pending.

  • Future Energy reports findings

    In February, the Los Alamos County Board of Public Utilities created the Future Energy Resources Committee (FER) to explore options for helping the Department of Public Utilities achieve the board’s goal of being “a carbon neutral electric provider by 2040.”
    DPU estimates that “Electrical energy production for Los Alamos County, not including LANL, causes an average of 83,000 metric tons of CO2 to be emitted into the atmosphere each year, mostly due to the burning of coal at the San Juan and Laramie River plants.”
    That is approximately 40 percent of the county’s carbon footprint, with natural gas for heating and petroleum motor vehicle fuels accounting for the rest.

    The committee had three mandates:

    • Examine and recommend a definition of carbon neutrality for the county.
    • Study and recommend future renewable energy generation resources.
    • Study and recommend policy toward distributed generation in the county.

  • IG: Safety issues not addressed

    A new audit from the Department of Energy’s Office of the Inspector General was critical of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s actions to implement nuclear safety management measures.
    The report, “Nuclear Safety: Safety Basis and Quality Assurance at the Los Alamos National Laboratory,” was released on Thursday.
    According to the audit, which was conducted in February, LANL has taken steps to improve nuclear safety, specifically mentioning seismic-related risks at PF-4, the lab’s plutonium facility and taken some other steps, but LANL “continued to have problems in fully implementing a number of critical nuclear safety management requirements.”
    Among the findings of safety shortcomings, the audit said LANL had fallen short in developing safety basis documents that met the National Nuclear Security Administration’s expectations in regard to nuclear hazards and mitigation controls, it hadn’t adequately resolved issues for two nuclear facilities — WETF and WCRRF — and hadn’t resolved other “long-standing” deficiencies.
    The report noted that NNSA management was in general agreement with IG’s findings.

  • Rescue helicopter touches down at Nature Center

    Classic Air Medical will bring its rescue helicopter to the Los Alamos Nature Center, as part of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Family Evenings program, sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union.  The helicopter will touch down at 6:45 p.m. today in the nature center parking lot.  
    PEEC’s Summer Family Evenings have been going strong, so far, with Los Alamos families enjoying wolves, rattlesnakes, baby goats and more at the Wednesday evening events.  Today, the wildland firefighters were scheduled to bring their fire engine, but they’ve been called away to fight fires in other states. Classic Air Medical was happy to step in to show their helicopter and to let kids know how rescues happen in the wilderness.
    For more than 26 years, Classic Air Medical has been providing air medical transport in the states of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Oregon, New Mexico and Wyoming. They recently opened a new base in Los Alamos.  
    Summer Family Evenings are free for PEEC members, or $5 per family for non-members. No registration is required.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

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    Also, today is the Discovery Canyon Bird Walk.

  • Story homers twice in Isotopes win

    Trevor Story belted a pair of two-run home runs Tuesday night — into Wednesday morning — as the Albuquerque Isotopes (44-53) beat the Reno Aces (45-52) 9-4 at Aces Ballpark in Reno, Nevada. First pitch was delayed two hours and 40 minutes by rain, and the game began at 10:45 p.m. Mountain Time.

    It took just seven pitches for the Isotopes to take a 2-0 lead — Story mashed a two-run homer in the top of the first.

    After Albuquerque added a run in the second, the Aces scored a pair of runs in both the second and third innings to take the lead, but that advantage wouldn’t last long. Story stepped back to the plate in the top of the fourth and belted a two-out, two-run homer to give the 'Topes the lead back. Albuquerque tacked on two more runs in the inning to take a 7-4 lead. Dustin Garneau and Roger Bernadina hit back-to-back solo homers in the top of ninth for good measure as the Isotopes secured their 9-4 win.

    The Isotopes and Aces will play game three of their four-game series later today at 8:05 p.m. MT. Right-handed pitcher Jair Jurrjens (2-3, 5.13 ERA) is scheduled to start Albuquerque, while Reno is slated to go with right-hander Caleb Clay (5-6, 5.08 ERA).

  • Students have opportunity to take flight

    On Aug. 1, Amy Ross and her pilot pals of the Young Eagle program will be hosting free flights for youth at the Los Alamos Airport.
    “The Young Eagle Program enables people who have a passion for aviation to share that passion with kids,” said Ross, the event coordinator. “Flying small planes, referred to as general aviation airplanes, is much different than flying commercially much like driving a car is very different than riding a bus.”
    Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and continues through 11:30 a.m. at the Los Alamos Airport Terminal, as long as good weather prevails. Students ages 8 to 17, must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for the required paperwork prior to flight time and remain at the airport during the trip.
    “Once at the field and registered, the kids and the rest of their family will talk about what they’ll be doing during the flight, said Ross.” “They’ll do a pre-flight walk around to talk about the aircraft and how it flies, and finally, the kids will go out for their flight.”
    Recently Los Alamos volunteers Lloyd Hunt and Roger Smith assisted regional pilots John Elling, David Roe, Larry Haight, Ken Dominy, Chuck Swanberg and Doug Warwick for the Santa Fe Young Eagle Flights last month.