Today's News

  • Santa Fe Opera Performance added



    In order not to disappoint families who wish to attend The Santa Fe Opera’s production of Noah’s Flood an extra performance has been added: 4 p.m., Aug. 10 in O’Shaughnessy Hall at the Opera Ranch. Previously announced performances are sold out. The famous children’s opera by Benjamin Britten has a cast of children who portray the animals who are saved when, having heard from God about the coming flood, Noah builds his ark.  The set has been designed by famed Santa Fe santero, Charles Carrillo who has adapted the setting to New Mexico.   General admission tickets at $5 may be purchased in person or by calling The Santa Fe Opera Box Office, 986-5900, toll free:  800-280-4654.

  • Former LANL employee picked to head NSF

    France Anne Cordova, a former Los Alamos National Laboratory Deputy Group leader, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to head the National Science Foundation.
    “As the first Latina nominated to head the NSF, Dr. Cordova brings a distinguished record of accomplishment from her work at Los Alamos National Laboratory to her many positions in academia,” Rep. Ben Ray Lujan said.
    Cordova was a member of the staff of the Space Astronomy and Astrophysics Group at the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1979 to 1989, where she also served as Deputy Group Leader.
    Cordova became the eleventh President of Purdue University on July 16, 2007. She was installed on January 23, 2012, to a three-year term as Chair of the Smithsonian Institution’s governing board, The Board of Regents. She had been appointed to The Board of Regents for a term of six years by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 2009.

  • Update 08-07-13

    County fair

    Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo Parade. 10 a.m. Saturday The theme is 100 years of homesteading.. County councilors will have a booth Saturday during the county fair at Ashley Pond Park and invite citizens to stop by and chat with them. The booth will be open after the parade until 2 p.m.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 13 in council chambers in the Municipal Building.

    Snake safety

    Snake Safety with Tom Wyant. 7-8 p.m. tonight at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Wyant will explain what to do a snake is encountered in the wild, as well as the proper identification of native snakes.

    Town Hall

    The UNM-LA Town Hall meeting 7-8 p.m. today at the White Rock Baptist Church. A presentation by Dr. Cynthia Rooney, dean of instruction, will highlight the reasons why passage of the mil levy is critical to UNM-LA.

  • PF-4 operations slowly return to normal

    The Plutonium Facility at the Los Alamos National Laboratory is slowly returning to normal operations.

    According to spokesman Fred DeSousa, “the lab is continuing to implement its plan to resume full programmatic operations at PF-4. We are resuming work in phases based on the priority of the work and our level of satisfaction that the processes and procedures are in good shape. Some work resumed as early as two weeks ago.”

    At the end of June, LANL Director Charlie McMillan announced that certain work operations at PF-4 would temporarily pause at the facility.

    A Department of Energy Inspector General audit reiterated concerns that watchdogs and a federal oversight board have long expressed about the lab’s main plutonium facility — which sits atop a fault line — being able to withstand an earthquake.

    And the Las Conchas Fire that burned its way to the edges of lab property two years ago highlighted the dangers of storing thousands of barrels of toxic waste on-site.

    The audit pushed the lab to move more quickly in securing the plutonium lab (PF-4). It also asks for more effective fire protection for the barrels, which are scheduled to be removed by the end of next year.

  • Report: NM woman attacked boyfriend with tire iron

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a New Mexico woman is facing charges after she attacked her boyfriend while he was driving with a boot, a tire iron, a screw driver and door molding.

    Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office said the bizarre attack occurred Monday as the 23-year-old victim drove and 32-year-old Berenice Gallegos-Martinez's three children sat in the car.

    According to a deputy's report, the victim says Gallegos-Martinez hit him with a boot during an argument.

    Deputies say the Hatch woman also tried to use a tire iron, stabbed the victim with a screwdriver before ripping a piece of molding from the rear car door, which she used to try and strangle the victim.

    Gallegos-Martinez was arrested and ordered held on $10,000 bond for battery charges.

    It was unclear if she had an attorney.

  • On the Docket 08-07-13

    The information pertaining to these cases was derived from the dockets of the Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Courts.

    August 1

    John L. Breiner was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of failure to yield/stop at sign. The defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Lee Donghun was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of failure to yield/stop at sign. The defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    August 5

    Joel Grajeda was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs and driving on a suspended or revoked license. The defendant was fined $1,799 and ordered to pay $373 in court costs.
    In addition, the defendant was sentenced to 179 days at the Los Alamos County Detention Center, as well as one year supervised probation. During that time, he must check in with the probation officer every week, get an ignition interlock device installed in all motor vehicles owned, as well as participate in alcohol education classes.

    Madeleine C. Brown was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles over the posted speed limit. The defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

  • Middle school nears finish

    If all goes well, it seems students and staff will just have one more month at Los Alamos Middle School’s temporary campus before moving into the new school.

    According to school and construction officials familiar with the project, moving day could take place as early as Labor Day weekend.

    Though Aug. 8 was mentioned as a possible opening date, the contractor, McCarthy Construction experienced unforeseen obstacles early in the project, and so was unable to make that date. Crews encountered more rock than usual under the foundation of the building, and that triggered other delays in various facets of the project, which forced them to fall back to Labor Day weekend. The absolute deadline is actually later in the fall, where, if they don’t make that deadline, then financial penalties will start to kick in for the contractor.

    “The actual contract date is not until October,” said David Wharram, the construction liaison the school district hired to keep them updated on McCarthy’s progress. “That’s when penalties actually kick in.”

    He added that they are currently working on getting the heating and ventilation systems squared away and some other items.

    The school apparently received its first test last week when students and parents showed up for registration.

  • Reseeding The Valles Caldera

    Seed was spread in 14 trips Saturday across the Valles Caldera by Salmon River Helicopters of Riggins, Idaho. In all, 26,985 pounds of seed was spread, which turns out to 70 pounds per acre. The seed was spread over the burn scar in Freelove Canyon, Mormon Canyon and Deer Canyon on the far west side of the Preserve near the residences affected by the fire.

    The helicopter also dropped seed over specified areas above homes in the Sulphur Creek area. The seed is an annual barley plant that will germinate quickly in the warm, wet conditions. It establishes and grows rapidly, but does not germinate or resprout. Native vegetation with eventually take over. It also provides great forage for the fauna in the area.

  • CRC/BPU joust over control

    Last week, the Board of Public Utilities met with the Utilities Charter Review Committee to review the CRC’s recommendations for updating the section of the charter related to the Department of Public Utilities.

    The proposed changes did not meet the fierce opposition that the previous CRC’s recommendations faced, but BPU members did raise several significant issues.

    The arguments centered on the question of how to provide more council oversight while keeping the utilities department free of political influence.

    A provision that would make the council liaison and the county administrator voting members of the board faced considerable opposition.

    BPU member Chris Ortega was opposed to the suggestion altogether.

    “We need an independent board that’s not subject to the influence of elected officials. The original intent of this charter was to keep this independent,” Ortega said.

    Ortega used an example from a few years ago when a council member and the county administrator pressured the board to recommend transferring $1 million dollars a year from the electric utility to the general fund. The only way to correct the imbalance without a large rate hike was to waive transferring any money for two to three years.

  • Be There 08-07-13

    Snake Safety with Tom Wyant. 7-8 p.m. at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Wyant will explain what to do a snake is encountered in the wild, as well as the proper identification of native snakes. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    The UNM-LA Town Hall meeting 7-8 p.m. at the White Rock Baptist Church. A presentation by Dr. Cynthia Rooney, dean of instruction will highlight the reasons why passage of the mil levy is critical to UNM-LA.

    Kids Summer Gardening. Plant a garden, do art, investigate, explore and play. Led by Laural Hardin. For children entering grades kindergarten through third grade. 9-10:30 a.m. at Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St.
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Los Alamos Library parking lot. It’s green chile season.

    Green Hour Hikes. Meet at various local trailheads. 9-11 a.m. at Pajarito Environmental Education Center. For more information, call 662-0460.

    Poetry gatherings: 6:30 p.m. Mesa Public Library, upstairs rotunda. Facilitated by local poet Jane Lin.
    Nightwalks at Bandelier. Starting time may vary due to sunset time differences. For more information call 672-3861, ext. 517.