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Today's News

  • Animal Shelter 7-26-15

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:

    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    Annie — A 9-year-old, spayed, female who just loves being petted! She has a very pretty black/gray, orange and white coat with short hair. Due to medical care needed by her owner, Annie is now at the shelter looking for her forever home. She can sometimes be a bit shy with shelter visitors, but she quickly warms up to you when you offer her some belly rubs!

  • BPU to review SJGS Tuesday

    At its regular meeting on July 15, the Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously to approve and forward to the County Council for their approval the following five agreements related to the San Juan Generating Station (SJGS):

    1. The San Juan Project Restructuring Agreement
    2. The Amended and Restated Mine Reclamation and Trust Funds Agreement
    3. The San Juan Decommissioning and Trust Funds Agreement
    4. The Restructuring Amendment Amending and Restating the Amended and Restated San Juan Project Participation Agreement
    5. The Exit Amendment Amending and Restating Amended and Restated San Juan Project Participation Agreement

    The county council will be reviewing these documents for possible approval at its regular meeting on Tuesday.
    The documents are agreements among the nine entities which currently participate in the SJGS and concern many issues. In particular, the agreements provide conditions for exiting from the plant in 2022, or how a decision for remaining in the plant post-2022 would be handled. Other topics include federal and state regulatory requirements, fuel supply sources, site and mine reclamation arrangements.

  • Flexibility exists for San Juan issues

    With respect to the San Juan Coal Fired Power Generating Station Vote in the County Council on Tuesday:

    1) We are told that we can’t get out from our ownership of San Juan until 2022.
    2) We are told it is smart to maintain our ownership to recover our $6 million bond outlay for the NOx abatement equipment to be installed.
    3) We are told we will have to pay our share of the expected forthcoming lawsuits whether in or out of the picture.
    Here is some background on all of these issues. Flexibility exists if we choose to take it. Going blindly ahead, we could be committing to much larger costs and here’s why:
    First, the removal of our ownership of San Juan was on the table. Here is how several California cities utilities did it. It is revealed in the document Entitled “City of Colton Electric Utility Department 2013 Integrated Resource Plan,” which can be found at ci.colton.ca.us/DocumentCenterView/1830:
    Here is a quote on page 17:
    “The California owners of Unit 4 (Anaheim and Modesto Irrigation District, Santa Clara and Redding or MSR) are trading their ownership in Unit 4 for capacity in Unit 3 so that when Unit 3 is decommissioned in 2017, they will have no remaining capacity in the project.”

  • Competing at the national level

    Los Alamos' Susan Krohn and Inez Ross recently competed in the National Senior Olympic Games in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    Krohn competed in three swimming events: the 50-meter freestyle, 50 backstroke and 100 backstroke.

    Ross, meanwhile, competed in the 5K road raoce and won a silver medal in 51 minutes and 51 seconds.

    The national meet is held once every two years.

  • Kirk playing for $1 million

    After playing for the New York Knicks and the Memphis Grizzlies in two NBA summer leagues, Alex Kirk found a new team to play a few games with.
    Kirk, and his new team, the Armored Athlete, has been competing in The Basketball Tournament — a winner-take-all, single elimination, $1-million tournament.
    The tournament began with 96 teams.
    The Armored Athlete was one of four teams to advance out of Chicago’s Midwest regional to the Super-17.
    As of Saturday, the Armored Athlete was among the final eight teams in the running for the million-dollar payday.
    The Armored Athlete beat the Illinois Hoopville Warriors, 96-91, to reach the final eight. Kirk had eight rebounds and seven points in that game.
    Kirk’s teammates include James Thomas, Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford, Mark Lyons, David Dudzinski, Lloyd Johnson, Malcolm Miller, AJ Majar, Jared Callanan and Will Sheehey.
    After a first-round bye, the Armored Athlete beat the Chicago Elite, 98-86.
    The Armored Athlete then took down Reach 1 Teach 1, 91-73.
    Armored Athlete was scheduled to play the Ants Alumni Saturday night.
    The Ants beat the tournament’s inaugural champion, Notre Dame’s Fighting Alumni, 89-84, in the round of eight.

  • Los Alamos beats Colorado at regionals

    Los Alamos County’s junior All-Star softball team took down the Colorado state champs, 19-7, in the opening round of the Southwest Regional championships Saturday in Santa Fe.
    “Everyone was playing solid,” Los Alamos manager Robbie Harris said. “We had really good defense and excellent bats.”
    With a 17-9 lead in the fifth inning, Los Alamos’ Lauren Harris smashed a two-run home run to end the contest with the 10-run mercy rule.
    Harris also hit a home run in the second inning and finished the game with six RBI.
    Los Alamos started strong and scored 16 runs in the first three innings to pull away.
    Jayde Tucker gave Los Alamos the early momentum. In the bottom of the first, Tucker hit a single, stole third base and then stole home to put Los Alamos up 1-0.
    In the second inning, Los Alamos extended its lead to 10-1. Tucker hit a two-RBI single, Harris hit a three-run homer and Reyna Lucero smacked a two-RBI double.
    Colorado then had a big inning, but Los Alamos matched Colorado’s big inning with a six-run third, scoring on walks by Jordan Jaramillo and Lucero.
    Lucero also started the game on the mound for Los Alamos and pitched the first couple of innings.

  • Stones' tribute band plays tonight

    Russ Gordon hopes Los Alamos music fans will get “satisfied” at tonight’s summer concert.
    Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones tribute band, will appear at Ashley Pond at 7 p.m. All Gordon’s Summer Concerts are free.
    Satisfaction dubs itself as “The International Rolling Stones Show.” This is the 15th year the group has been together and its website boasts 2,500 live performances during that time.
    The group became the first Rolling Stones show to debut on the Las Vegas Strip in 2005 and was given positive reviews for its performance.
    In 2010, according to the group’s website, it was approved by the Rolling Stones to perform long term engagements with the Walt Disney Corporation.
    Chris LeGrand performs as the Stones’ legendary frontman, Mick Jagger. LeGrand started Satisfaction in 2001.
    LeGrand helped roll out “Gimme Abbey,” a multimedia stage production with Satisfaction and a Beatles tribute band that debuted in 2014.
    The Summer Concert Series has brought in some different tribute bands in the past few seasons, including The Police Experience and last year’s Yellow Dubmarine, a Beatles reggae tribute.
    Next week is Los Alamos Monitor night. Big Sam’s Funky Town is scheduled to perform.

  • Former LA resident charged in sex crime

    A sex offender who lived in Los Alamos was recently arrested in Seattle and charged with soliciting sex with a minor.
    Los Alamos sheriff Marco Lucero said he’d recently been in contact with Seattle officials about Nolan Cyre.
    Lucero, who keeps tabs on registered sex offenders in Los Alamos County, said Cyre was “briefly” registered in the county last year.
    Lucero said he’d had several communications with Cyre during his short stay in Los Alamos before he chose to move to Washington state.
    Cyre, according to a story in the Seattle Times, was arrested earlier this month while allegedly attempting to pay an underage girl $100 for sex. According to the story, Cyre was allegedly attempting to meet the girl at a Seattle fast-food restaurant when he was arrested.
    Cyre was originally convicted of a sex offense in North Carolina in 2010.
    Lucero said there are currently eight registered sex offenders in Los Alamos County.

  • Opera at Bandelier returns on Sept. 26

    Opera on the Rocks at Bandelier National Monument’s Juniper Campground outdoor amphitheater is an annual event now in its fourth year.
    This year the performance will take place on the evening of Sept. 26.
    Opera Alta will present “Bastien and Bastienne” and selections from Mozart’s “Magic Flute.” “Bastien and Bastienne” was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart when he was 12. It is the story of the travails of a shepherdess and her sweetheart, helped along by a would-be magician.
    The selections from Mozart’s famous “Magic Flute” will include  “The 3 Spirits and Papageno” and arias from Tamino and Pamina. All will be sung in English.
    The event is an opportunity for those not familiar with opera, as well as opera enthusiasts, see the opera in a unique venue.
    Beginning at 4 p.m. participants can pick up the Atomic City Transit shuttles from either Sullivan Field in Los Alamos or the White Rock Visitor Center.
    Parking will not be available at Bandelier for the event.
    Respected drummer Arnold Herrera from Cochiti Pueblo will be the first performer of the evening, starting at 4 p.m. A sing-along prior to the main event and the two main performances will be coordinated by local opera singer Alicia Solomon.

  • Cause of house fire is not determined

    An investigation into a May 15 house fire by the Los Alamos Fire Department has proved inconclusive, said a spokesperson for the LAFD. LAFD Dep. Chief Justin Grider said the department’s conclusion is official.
    “The rule and cause determination has been ruled undetermined by the fire department,” said Grider. However, he said the homeowner’s insurance company is still investigating.
    Part of the investigation he said includes investigators testing objects within the area of origin.
    According to private insurance investigator Matt Williams, the fire started in an area that included a kitchen countertop.
    The fire occurred in the Tsikimu neighborhood on North Mesa sometime in the morning.
    According to police reports, Cpl. James Keane was patrolling the area when he spotted smoke coming from the house. Keane found two residents who had breached a raised glass door and were trying to get to a 57-year-old resident of the home who was still inside the burning building.
    Keane then went inside the burning house and brought the man out safely.
    The man was successfully treated at the local hospital for his injuries.
    Also rescued from the house were three dogs.