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Today's News

  • Update 12-06-12

    Book sale

    Scholastic books are for sale at The Family YMCA from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily through today. The public is welcome to come to the Y and shop. Partial proceeds will benefit the Y’s annual campaign that supports scholarships for those needing financial assistance.

    Calendar

    To kick off its 50th anniversary celebration next year, the Los Alamos Monitor will distribute a commemorative 2013 calendar Sunday Dec. 9. Look for it inside your newspaper.

    Sponsor a family

    The Family YMCA is sponsoring four families for the holidays and welcomes the community to participate by taking part in the Giving Tree. For more information call the Y at 662-3100.

    DWI Council

    The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council will meet at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 11 at the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room, 2500 Trinity Dr., Suite A.

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  • Lab names weapons program heads

    Bob Webster has been named associate director for Weapon Physics and John Benner has been named associate director for Weapon Engineering and Experiments. Both have been in their positions as acting associate directors since March 2012.
    As associate director for Weapon Physics, Webster has responsibility for weapon design and computational physics along with programmatic responsibility for the Advanced Simulation and Computing Program and Science Campaigns. The Directorate consists of Computational Physics and Theoretical Design Divisions.
    Webster has been at Los Alamos since 1988 and over the years has worked in a variety of applied physics organizations and on a broad spectrum of projects including the integrated weapons code “Antero” project, which he led. Webster was the science advisor to NNSA Defense Programs working on “complex transformation” and the nuclear posture review. As deputy X- Division leader he began the new Computational Physics Division with responsibility over development of integrated design codes. More recently Webster managed the Advanced Simulation and Computing program.
    Webster holds both master’s and doctorate degrees in nuclear engineering from Purdue University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

  • Council calls for code of ethics

    The Los Alamos County Council met Tuesday in hopes of concluding three years of work by the Charter Review Committee.

    But discomfort on the part of some councilors with the CRC’s recommendations, along with the impending turnover on the council, prompted a call for further study of some issues and the delay of others.

    Council did take action on the CRC’s recommendation for the establishment of a code of ethics.

    The committee had recommended a charter amendment requiring the establishment of a code of ethics. Councilors asked County Attorney Rebecca Ehler if establishing a code of ethics required a change to the Charter.

    “You could do this through ordinance, and it is more flexible that way,” Ehler said. “Having clear ethics in your charter makes it more difficult to change and be responsive to changing ethical standards, but it also gives it a more elevated status.”

    Assistant County Attorney Daniel Gonzales reported on a memo he had completed in September 2011 comparing the county’s ethics standards with the Governmental Conduct Act of 2011.

  • Progress on new arena

    Construction is in full swing at the North Mesa Stable as the frame has been built for the covered arena.

  • Senators call for NNSA reforms

    At least, two U.S. Senators including one from New Mexico want to see some reform in the National Nuclear Security Administration.

    It makes for an interesting pair.

    One sponsor was Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and the other was Jon Kyl, a lame duck Republican from Arizona.

    The two senators announced the adoption of their amendment to the Senate-passed 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, to evaluate the National Nuclear Security Administration in light of major management issues, cost overruns and security breaches in recent years.

    “The NNSA has been plagued with problems that have impacted the scientific and stockpile stewardship work being done at Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, as well as the security and safety of the workers there,” Udall and Kyl said. “The ineffectiveness of the NNSA is a serious national security issue and our amendment will take a good look at what is needed to reform it. Moreover, this short, 120 day effort is meant to ensure Congress has the information necessary to implement needed reforms in the coming congress to improve our nuclear enterprise.”

  • Police subdue suicidal man

    It’s often been said a life is lived in moments. Two days after Thanksgiving, a suspect currently charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, found that out the hard way.

    Three officers from the Los Alamos Police Department responded to a domestic call at 5:07 a.m. Nov. 24, involving a suicidal male at a residence in the 2400 block of 35th Street.

    When Officer Oliver McCartney, Cpl. Eric Wilhoit and Sgt. Jeremy Duran arrived, a woman identified as Caitlin Smith in court documents answered the door. She told them that Isaiah Cisneros, 26, was upstairs with a gun to his head.

    With a side arm and Taser at the ready, McCartney and Wilhoit proceeded upstairs and cautiously peered into the bedroom where Cisneros was reported to be.

    There, they saw him. He had his back to the officers and was sitting on the bedroom floor with his legs crossed, hands hidden from the officers’ view. Though McCartney could not see the gun at this point, he told Cisneros several times to drop it.

  • Stuck in the Middle With You

    Kiana Zerr, seen here during the Hilltoppers’ game Friday night against Pojoaque Valley, and the rest of her team will take on the Albuquerque Academy Chargers tonight in their first meeting of the season against a Class 4A team. That game is set for 7 p.m. in Albuquerque. Los Alamos evened its record to 1-1 on the season with its 53-47 win over the visiting Elkettes , a game Los Alamos never trailed in.

  • Sanchez to start for Jets

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Mark Sanchez spent a few days after his miserable performance wondering what was next.

    The New York Jets quarterback had been benched, his coach tired of his mistakes, and there was no guarantee Rex Ryan would give him his job back anytime soon.

    "I knew at some point before I died, I'd start at quarterback again," Sanchez said Wednesday. "I'm glad it's this week."

    Ryan gathered his three quarterbacks Wednesday morning and told them he made up his mind: He's sticking with Sanchez.

    For this week, at least.

    Ryan weighed his options after pulling Sanchez for Greg McElroy last Sunday against Arizona, talking to many people within the organization before settling on his quarterback.

    "I have to get this decision right," Ryan said, "and I believe I have."

    So it will be Sanchez and not McElroy or Tim Tebow on Sunday when the Jets take on the Jaguars in Jacksonville.

    "I'm pleased with coach's decision," Sanchez said. "Now it's my job to go make him right."

  • State Notes 12-06-12

    Lobos top Trojans, Kirk earns another double-double

    After falling behind by 10 points midway through the first quarter, the University of New Mexico men’s basketball team put together a big run against the University of Southern California.
    The Lobos went on a 25-6 streak extending more than eight minutes to take a 43-34 lead into the half, then cruised in the second half to win 75-67 at The Pit.
    Center Alex Kirk turned in his third double-double in four games Wednesday night against USC’s Trojans, finishing with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
    With the win, the Lobos improved to 9-0 on the season and extended their home winning streak in the month of December to an impressive 33 games.
    USC (3-5) fell behind by as many as 17 points in the second half but rallied to cut the lead down to 70-65 late, but would get no closer.
    UNM’s Hugh Greenwood finished with a game-high 17 points. Kirk and Kendall Williams had 13 and Williams chipped in a season-high 9 assists.
    For Kirk, he was 5-for-9 from the field, including a 3-pointer, and had 10 defensive rebounds.
    The Trojans were paced by Eric Wise, who finished with 14 points.
    Both teams shot over 50 percent from the floor Wednesday, with the Lobos hitting 28 of 54 attempts and the Trojans connecting on 27 of 51 tries.

  • Key to fracking is tell-tale data

     Great passions are expended in disputing the pros and cons of regulation. Yet people on both sides of it act afraid that regulation will be improved. The trait is mystifying unless we look inside.  
    A current event shows the shrouded impulses at work.
    New York State is on the verge of a giant boost in extracting natural gas from deep shale formations by means of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The prospects for the next 30 years are to see tens of thousands of gas wells drilled and fracked.
    To look ahead, New York is undertaking a new review of the safety risks. News stories on the nature of the review breed slim hope it will do anything new or better.
    The stories say the review is focused on health and environmental risks. The review is headed by New York’s health commissioner, who is an able physician. “Health” is the subject; “regulation” is unmentioned.
    A study of fracking and health problems will find places where they occur and many more places where they do not. The result tells us nothing not already known.
    A decision will be made on fracking, either to stop or proceed. Lawsuits will be filed by one or more sides. The old course will be run again, yielding little in return for the time and money lost in the run.