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Today's News

  • Public comment sought on replacement of Bandelier’s motor, pedestrian bridge

    The National Park Service is considering replacement of a motor vehicle bridge and two pedestrian bridges that were lost during recent flooding. The purpose of the proposed project is to reestablish safe access to the picnic area, parking, and trailheads on the west side of the Rito de los Frijoles (Frijoles Creek).
    The Las Conchas Fire in June 2011 burned over 156,000 acres in and surrounding the monument, including 80 percent of the Frijoles Canyon watershed. The loss of the vehicular bridge cut off vehicle access to the parking and picnic area on the west side of Frijoles Creek. A temporary pedestrian bridge across Frijoles Creek is currently in place to provide visitor access to trails.
    The NPS in cooperation with the Central Federal Lands Highway Division of the Federal Highway Administration is proposing to replace the vehicular bridge at a new location about 700 feet downstream from the previous bridge location near the visitor center.
     The proposed new bridge would be a low profile structure designed to pass flood flows. The new downstream bridge location would reduce the potential for flood flows to back up and damage the visitor center and other facilities.

  • Study Group to host forum tonight at Fuller Lodge

    From 6-8 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge, the Los Alamos Study Group will host a public discussion about the future of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s three big labs: Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL).
    Everyone is welcome. There is no charge but donations will be gratefully accepted.
    The discussion is timed to coincide with the new, congressionally-mandated Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories (CRENEL), which is in the first phase of its review.
    CRENEL will evaluate whether the 17 Department of Energy (DOE) labs, including the three NNSA labs, properly address DOE’s priorities and have clear, non-duplicative missions and unique capabilities “for current and future energy and national security challenges.”
    CRENEL will evaluate the size of the labs, whether consolidation or realignment are appropriate, whether universities or other technology centers would be better for some of their work, as well as how to improve lab-directed research and development (LDRD).

  • State Briefs 09-23-14

    Man shot by police
    linked to child sexual assault

    AZTEC (AP) — Authorities say a Bloomfield man fatally shot by a police officer was under investigation for child sexual abuse.
    The Daily Times reports Bloomfield Police Chief Randy Foster confirmed last week that 61-year-old John Rogers was under investigation on suspicion of child sexual assault.
    According to a search warrant affidavit, the investigation was related to multiple counts of criminal sexual penetration of minors.
    Foster said for legal reasons he could not discuss the specifics of the case.
    Jonathan Rogers, John Rogers’ son, referred questions to the family’s attorney, Brendan O’Reilly of Albuquerque. O’Reilly said he had no comment on the investigation.

    Trial of sheriff accused
    of ‘road rage’ continues

  • Researchers uncover new properties in nanocomposite oxide ceramics for reactor fuel

    Nanocomposite oxide ceramics have potential uses as ferroelectrics, fast ion conductors, and nuclear fuels and for storing nuclear waste, generating a great deal of scientific interest on the structure, properties, and applications of these blended materials.
    “The interfaces separating the different crystalline regions determine the transport, electrical and radiation properties of the material as a whole,” said Pratik Dholabhai, principal Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher on the project.
     “It is in the chemical makeup of these interfaces where we can improve features such as tolerance against radiation damage and fast ion conduction.”

  • Update 09-23-14

    Performance

    Los Alamos High School Olions present Melodrama. 7 p.m. Thursday preview. Tickets for this show will be two for one. $5 for everyone in the LAHS Blackbox.

    Farmers Market

    7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Additional parking available at the Justice Center.

    Golf tourney

    Golf Tournament: Tee it Up For the Future! 1 p.m. shotgun start Friday at Los Alamos Golf Course. Funds raised will go to a scholarship fund that will be distributed among local students. Organized by the Knights of Columbus. Registration information at Los Alamos Golf Course or go to kofc.ihmcc.org/2014_KofC_Golf_Registration.pdf.

    Viewing party

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

    Forum

    From 6-8 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge, the Los Alamos Study Group will host a public discussion about the future of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s three big labs: Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore and Sandia. 

  • Stormy weather

    Los Alamos County was on the northwest edge of the large band of storms that hit New Mexico Monday night. The area was hit by lightning, cloud formations and rain bands that stretched north of Española to Albuquerque.

  • Martinez, King spar in governor debate

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Republican incumbent Susana Martinez and Democratic challenger Gary King disagreed Monday over the economy and education in their first appearance together at a candidate forum in New Mexico’s race for governor.
    King went on the offensive quickly and complained in his opening remarks about a Martinez campaign ad that focused on his role as attorney general in the case of a felon who defrauded investors.
    “The real reason that we have ads like that in campaigns now is because we don’t want to talk about the real hard truth in New Mexico,” King said. “And the real hard truth in New Mexico is that we have the worst economy in the country.”
    He pointed out that New Mexico has lagged behind other states in job growth and has the second-highest poverty rate in the nation.
    Martinez jabbed at King for supporting tax increases to help solve a budget shortfall two decades ago when he served in the Legislature.
    “He’s has raised taxes before, and he has no regrets. And he’ll do it again when government gets into a pinch,” Martinez said. “We cannot afford to go backward.”

  • Alzheimer's Walk/Run
  • LANS OKs $3 million in funding

     The Los Alamos National Security, LLC Board of Governors has approved $3 million in funding for the company’s plan to support education, economic development and charitable giving in Northern New Mexico.
    “This plan demonstrates our bond with the community and its people and businesses that support our national security mission,” laboratory director Charlie McMillan said. “It sustains the mutually beneficial programs that make Los Alamos one of the best places to live and work.”
    Los Alamos National Security, LLC since 2006 has been the managing and operating contractor for Los Alamos National Laboratory. Funds approved by the LANS Board of Governors are administered through a Community Commitment Plan managed by Los Alamos’ Community Programs Office.
    The LANS Community Commitment Plan has provided more than $28 million to the region since 2007.
    For 2015 the plan will provide:
    • $1 million for education, including science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs
    • $1 million for economic development, such as financial and technical assistance to start and grow regional businesses 

  • LA woman charged with embezzlement

    According to the management of Zia Credit Union, a recent examination of the company’s financials revealed something just wasn’t quite right.
    In August, their worst fears were confirmed when an employee, Ashley S. Maestas, 22, allegedly confessed to stealing about $24,000 (which may include interest) from the company. Maestas was fired shortly after her interview with management about the matter.
    According to court documents, Maestas was able to steal the money by increasing a $500 credit limit on one of her accounts herself, an employee violation she knew was in violation of the credit union’s security policy.
    In order to override the security controls that would have prevented such an act, she made the transactions through another employee’s computer. According to surveillance video obtained by police, when a fellow employee would leave her workstation, Maestas would use the employee’s computer in her absence without her knowledge. She would then transfer the funds to her checking and savings accounts.
    According to the credit union’s estimates, Maestas allegedly embezzled about $23,545 (not including interest) from the credit union. An audit of all of Maestas’ accounts revealed that only $1,735.95 in Maestas’ checking and savings accounts.