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  • Fall sports teams get started soon

    The 2014 fall sports season officially gets going this weekend at Los Alamos High School.
    Los Alamos fall sports teams started practicing earlier this month and three of the five programs will be in action by the end of next week.
    The Hilltopper girls soccer team, boys soccer team and football team will all get their season going by Aug. 29.
    Los Alamos’ girls soccer team isn’t waiting that long, however. The Hilltoppers will play the Farmington Scorpions Saturday at noon in the Four Corners area.
    The girls soccer program is one of two fall sports teams at the school with new coaches this year. Former All-American prep soccer player and former Los Alamos boys head soccer coach AJ Herrera officially starts his tenure Saturday.
    Also new this year is Sharleen Espinoza to the Hilltopper volleyball program. Espinoza is a former assistant under the two most recent head coaches of the Hilltoppers, Garry Maskaly and Robin Reynolds.
    Los Alamos’ football team, which began practice Aug. 4, will open at home Aug. 29 against the Pojoaque Valley Elks.

  • Today in history Aug. 20
  • LA man dies in single-car accident off N.M. 4

    A 39-year-old Los Alamos man died in a single-car crash Monday night off of N.M. 4 near mile marker 49.
    At 10:46 p.m., Los Alamos Police Department officers were dispatched to the scene. Also dispatched were the Los Alamos Fire Department and the Bandelier National Monument park rangers.
    Upon arrival, officers located a newer model sedan at the bottom of the mountain. The driver and only occupant, Trent Johnson, 39, of Los Alamos, was pronounced dead at the scene.
    “This is a very tragic event and investigators along with the Office of the Medical Investigator are working together to determine the cause of this crash. We want to urge drivers to use caution when traveling to and from the Jemez Mountains due to heavy damage to a portion of the guardrail. The New Mexico State Highway Department is on scene evaluating the situation but it may take some time before the guardrail is repaired,” Commander Preston Ballew said.
    Johnson was an employee at Los Alamos National Bank.

  • Indicted sheriff back on the job

    ESPAÑOLA (AP) — A northern New Mexico sheriff indicted for conspiring to violate a motorist’s civil rights and falsifying arrest documents is back on the job.
    Rio Arriba County Manager Tomas Campos said Monday the county’s sheriff, Thomas Rodella, is refusing to step down despite the federal indictment and his arrest by FBI agents.
    And Rodella’s lawyer, Robert Gorence, says the sheriff doesn’t plan to resign because it would give the impression he did something wrong.
    Rodella and his son, Thomas, Jr., were arrested in their Española homes early Friday for their role in a March traffic stop that injured a motorist.
    The indictment says the men engaged “in a high-speed pursuit and unreasonable seizure” of a driver identified only as M.T. Both have pleaded not guilty.
     

  • Briefs 08-19-14

    Council approves contract for fiber meet points

    During Friday’s session, the Los Alamos County council unanimously approved a $250,000 general services contract with REDI Net for the purpose of developing fiber meet points in business districts. The infrastructure will provide access to broadband connections for local businesses and residents. Follow the Los Alamos Monitor for more on this story.
    Council also approved a resolution to place proposed amendments to the county charter regarding the form of county government and the Department of Public Utilities before voters in the general election. The resolution passed 6-0.
    Suzette Fox presented a progress report on the MainStreet Program.
    Chair Geoff Rodgers was not present on Friday.
    Arin McKenna

    Emergency exercise planned Thursday at LANL

    Los Alamos National Laboratory is conducting an emergency preparedness exercise on Thursday. The lab routinely conducts emergency exercises to test the preparedness of emergency response and other LANL personnel who would respond to an actual emergency.
    During the exercise, LANL employees and the public may see emergency response vehicles with their lights running in the area of TA-3. “Exercise in Progress” signs will be placed in affected areas.

  • Engagement 08-19-14

    Holmes-Nedevschi

    Ken and Jennifer Holmes of Los Alamos announce the engagement of their daughter, Royceleen Loqa Holmes to Sergiu Nedevschi, son of Sergiu and Anca Nedevschi of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The bride, also the daughter of the late Kathlyn Qilapupui of Banganoi, Solomon Islands, graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and is employed as marketing coordinator for Tarana Wireless in Berkeley, California. The groom also graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and is co-founder and executive vice president of Tarana Wireless. The couple will be married on Aug. 24 at the Presidio in San Francisco, California. They will make their home in El Cerrito, California.
     

  • Update 08-19-14

    Dem meeting

    As a follow-up to Valerie Plame’s visit last week supporting Stephanie Garcia Richard, the movie Fair Game about her outing as a CIA operative by the Bush administration will be shown at 7 p.m. today at the Democrat Headquarters (next to Quiznos). An info session discussing volunteer opportunities will be at 6:15. All Democrats are welcome to come.

    Blood drive

    A blood drive will be held Aug. 21 and Aug. 22 at the First Baptist Church on Diamond Drive. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 21 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 22. To sign up, call United Blood Services at 877-UBS-HERO or 505 246-1457.

    GOP meeting

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the UNM-LA Wallace Hall, Room 505. The program will be a forum on the proposed charter change to restructure county utilities. Advocates both for and against will present their cases and respond to questions. A regular business meeting will follow. The public is welcome. For more information, call Robert Gibson, 662-3159.

    Concert

     Tuesdays at the Pond Series. 7 p.m. today at Ashley Pond. Bronach Celtic Blues Band and the Belisama Dance group will perform.  

  • BPU chair's actions raise additional questions

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  • DOE IG questions possible biosafety labs at LANL

    The National Nuclear Security Administration is considering spending $9.5 million expansion to its facilities at the Los Alamos National Laboratory so it could conduct biological research .
    Such facilities operate at different biosafety (BSL) levels. For example, BSL-1 is for low-risk agents, BSL-2 is for medium-risk agents and BSL-3 is for those agents that cause serious and potentially lethal infections.
    LANL is considering opening a facility with two BSL-3 labs.
    A recent Department of Energy Inspector General report, however, raised several questions.
    “Specifically, NNSA identified the development of a BSL-3 facility at LANL as its preferred alternative for meeting biosafety laboratory needs even though it had not fully considered the need for and cost effectiveness of additional capacity,” the report said.
    “ Nor, had it developed a sound basis for measuring the utilization of existing facilities— a critical factor in determining the need for additional capacity.

  • TA-21 towers come tumbling down

    The Department of Energy’s Environmental Projects Office took down the water tower at the west end of Technical Area 21 (TA-21) Monday beginning at about noon. The tower to the east came down today.
    The Lakeworth Group LLC of Los Alamos perform the demolition. Lakeworth was designated through the U.S. Small Business Administration as an 8(a) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business. The contract was valued at $482,467.
    Demolition of the towers, one of them 66 years old and the other 38 years old, was one of several projects to remove remaining structures at TA-21.
    “By bringing down these towers, we are making a noticeable difference in the skyline at TA-21,” said Pete Maggiore, assistant manager for Environmental Programs at the Los Alamos Field Office. “This is another positive step toward eventual transfer of this property to Los Alamos County.”
    Technical Area 21 was one of the early sites of the Manhattan Project and Cold War-era work at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). It was the location of the world’s first plutonium processing facility and where groundbreaking tritium research took place.
    Lakeworth spent last week preparing the site for the dismantlement and toppling of the water towers.