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Today's News

  • NNSA orders security crackdown at lab

    The National Nuclear Security Administration has directed Los Alamos National Laboratory to increase its security, effective immediately.

    LANL officials, however, will not say why the extra precautions are being taken.

    “When there are changes to the security posture of the laboratory, we do not discuss the details,” lab spokesman Kevin Roark said.

    A source close to the situation said that the NNSA directive was solely for LANL and not for any of the other Department of Energy sites.

    He declined to say if the order had anything to do with a faulty $213 million security system that is being installed around Technical Area 55, the lab’s most sensitive nuclear facilities.

    The system was supposed to be up and running this summer. But officials now say it will take an additional $41 million and another six months.

    Last month, five security workers were fired for taking unauthorized visitors to a shooting range.

    Because of this government order, until further notice all vehicles entering government property will be required to stop at the East and West Jemez Road “Vehicle Access Portals” (VAPs) for a vehicle check. Pajarito Road remains open to government badge holders only, so vehicles are already required to stop at the Pajarito Road VAPs, and this will not change.

  • D'Agostino stepping down from NNSA administrator post

    The National Nuclear Security Admninistration has confirmed that administrator Thom D’Agostino will be leaving his post Jan. 18.

    D’Agostino said NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator Neile Miller will become acting administrator and acting undersecretary for nuclear security.

    D’Agostino is leaving after more than 36 yearsof federal service, including the last five and one-half years as the NNSA Administrator and Under Secretary for Nuclear Security, and two years as Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs.

    “My wife Beth and I have decided the timing is right for me to leave Federal service,” he said. “This was a difficult decision for me as I am committed to serving our country, committed to the missions of the NNSA, the Environmental Management Organization, the Office of Legacy Management, and I am committed to you in carrying out this mission.  

    “However, I have an equally important commitment to my wife and family and I am a strong believer that organizations are healthier when leadership changes on a periodic basis.  The time is right for this change and I will step down from this position on 18 January 2013, at the end of the first term of the Obama Administration.”

    Energy Secretary Steven Chu also released a statement.

  • Church Listings 12-21-12

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is at 2390 North Road. 662-5151, bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. We will have Christmas Eve worship at 4 p.m. (children’s service), 6 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. We will have a Christmas morning service of lessons and carols at 10 a.m. Christmas morning. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided.  All are welcome. Come Join the Family.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Buddhist
    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

  • Celebrate Christmas at Trinity on the Hill

    Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church invites the community to its Christmas Eve Family Communion service. The service will include a musical celebration of Christmas, performed by the younger members of the church, at 5 p.m. Monday in the sanctuary of Trinity on the Hill, 3900 Trinity Dr.
    Approximately 15 young people of elementary and middle school ages will perform “Archangel Gabriel’s Awesome Adventure,” a musical fantasy by Beth Merrill and Allan Robert Petker.
    The composers created this musical from a simple question: if angels are sweet little creatures, why do they always greet humans with, “fear not?” From that question grew a script and music, and the show at TOTH.
    The pageant will be presented as part of a family communion service, with congregational carols, readings and prayers. Later, at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve, the community is also invited to a traditional Mass of the Eve of the Nativity, with carols sung by the congregation and the Chancel Choir of Trinity on the Hill.  
    At 10 a.m. Christmas Day, a service of Christmas Day Communion will also be held. All are welcome to attend these services.
    For more information about these and other services at Trinity on the Hill, call 662-5107 or visit latoth.org.

  • Bandelier contest underway

    Bandelier National Monument invites the public to submit photos or artwork in a contest to create the 2014 Bandelier Annual Pass. 
    The contest winner will have his/her photograph adorn the 2014 Bandelier Annual Pass and win an America the Beautiful Annual Pass, which covers entrance fees or standard amenity fees at sites managed by U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Reclamation.
    Contest requirements:
    •  Photos or artwork must be submitted in high quality digital format as a .jpeg, .tiff or bitmap file. They must be 300 dpi and 3MB or less.
    • The design will be placed on a 4”x2” plastic card.
    • Submit to BandPassContest@gmail.com or on a CD, which you can drop off at the Visitor Center, or mail to Fee Collection Supervisor, Bandelier National Monument, 15 Entrance Road, Los Alamos, NM  87544.
    • Entries must be received by 5 p.m. March 27, 2013.
    • Include your name and contact information, including email address and phone number with submission
    • Image must be representative of Bandelier National Monument to be considered.

  • Reduced holiday bus service

    Atomic City Transit will not operate Dec. 25 or Jan. 1.
    AM and PM Enhanced Service will not operate Dec. 24-Dec. 31.
    On Christmas Eve and  New Year’s Eve, fixed-route service will end early. The last outbound trips from the Transit Center are listed below.
    Route 1: 5:08 p.m.
    Route 2: 4:27 p.m.
    Route 3: 4:46 p.m.
    Route 4: 5:07 p.m.
    Route 5: 5:07 p.m.
    Route 6: 4:27 p.m.
    Buses will pick up passengers along the route on the outbound trip after they leave the Transit Center. However, when the bus reaches the end of the route, the bus will go out of service. For example, a Route 6 North Mesa bus will leave the Transit Center at 4:27 p.m. and follow the regular route to the end of North Mesa. Riders can get on or off the bus at any regular stop on the way out to North Mesa. When the bus reaches the last stop at the end of North Mesa, the bus will go out of service.
    Full Service resumes Jan. 2.

  • Streetlights to be turned off Dec. 24-26

    The Los Alamos County Transportation Division will turn off the power to various streetlights to enhance the viewing of holiday farolitos. The streetlights will be turned off Dec. 24 and will be restored on Dec. 26.
    For safety purposes, the Transportation Division requests that all vehicles and trailers be moved to off-street parking during the full period that lights will be off. If this is not possible, it is recommended that the vehicles and trailers be silhouetted by farolitos. Due to the limited sight visibility during the viewing, drivers are requested to travel the viewing areas at 15 miles per hour.

    The streets that will be affected:
    Barranca Mesa
    Los Pueblos, San Juan, Totavi, Navajo Road

    North Mesa
    Camino Redondo, Camino Medio, Cumbres Patio

    White Rock
    Canada Way, Canada Circle, Balboa Drive, Alhambra Drive, Barcelona, Brighton Drive, Briston Place

  • Middle school goes vertical

    Steel has started to go up at Los Alamos Middle School, as part of their construction project.

  • Update 12-21-12

    Monitor closed

    The Los Alamos Monitor office will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

    No blue bus service

    The NCRTD blue buses will not be in service Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. For more information call toll free 1-866-206-0754, or visit ridethebluebus.com.

    Santa's truth

    The Los Alamos Little Theatre hosts “The Truth About Santa,” (PG-13) a melodrama about troubles at the North Pole, performed by the Southwest Rural Theatre Project. The show will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is by donation.

    Live nativity

    There will be a living nativity staged in the United Church parking lot at 5 p.m. Monday Greet the holy family, the shepherds and kings and pet the stable animals. There will also be a candlelight service at 4 p.m. and one at 11 p.m.

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  • Maez joins the force

    Unlike recent additions to the Los Alamos Police Department, Cpl. Miguel Maez is no stranger to law enforcement. Maez recently resigned from the Espanola Police Department to come be a police officer in the Los Alamos Police Department.

    Maez said he always wanted to be police officer.

    “It was a childhood dream,” he said. “I always wanted to help people and serve the public. I followed my dream, Espanola gave me the opportunity and I took full advantage of it.”

    To Maez, being on the police force truly is still and always has been about helping people, and it always will be for him.

    “It’s about customer service, and I believe that makes a great asset to the citizens of Los Alamos County,” he said.

    Right now, like all new recruits to the LAPD, Maez is undergoing field training right now, which basically means getting to know the layout and streets of Los Alamos.

    Maez said though he liked being in Española, he felt he could further develop his career if he moved to Los Alamos Police Department, even though he briefly served as Española’s police chief as the Española Police Department was undergoing changes to its command structure.