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Today's News

  • Main Hill Road reopens in both directions after crash

    The Main Hill Road (N.M. 502) has reopened in both directions after being closed in both directions after a one-vehicle rollover accident just past Anderson Lookout.

    LAPD's Scott Mills said the Hill reopened at about 2:20 p.m.

    The accident involved a gold Toyota Forerunner, driven by a female.

    LAFD and LAPD were first on the scene. LAPD treated the woman but there were no serious injuries. The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Department arrived on the scene to take control of the investigation.

    The woman was asked to take a breathalyzer test and asked to peform a sobriety test. She was then taken away from the Santa Fe Sheriff's Department for more tests. The woman was later arrested but the charges were not known as the Santa Fe Sheriff's Department investigators refused to say what the charges were.

    A witness said the woman was driving aggressively and swerving over the line trying to get around other cars. The car flipped on its side when it banked off the guard rail.

    Mills said it was "a one-vehicle, one-occupant crash," Mills said. "It was not a complete rollover but the vehicle rolled over on its side. The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Department has taken over the investigation."

    Stay tuned to lamonitor.com.

  • NMED approves WIPP modification

    The New Mexico Environment Department took final administrative action on a Class 2 permit modification request to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Hazardous Waste Facility Permit by approving the modification with changes Thursday.
     The Department of Energy Carlsbad Field Office and Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC formerly Washington TRU Solutions LLC (the permittees) submitted the PMR to the NMED Hazardous Waste Bureau July 5 seeking to add the shielded container as a shipping package, add descriptions of how the volume of remote-handled transuranic mixed waste which is disposed of in shielded containers will be tracked and related changes to waste handling descriptions.
    NMED did what officials termed was an extensive review of the comments submitted during the 60 day public comment period, which began July 12, and ended Sept.10 and ultimately determined the majority of concerns expressed in these comments are outside of NMED’s regulatory authority.
     The waste that is emplaced at WIPP contains both radioactive and hazardous components and is therefore referred to as mixed waste. As a result, mixed wastes are regulated by both the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and the Atomic Energy Act. NMED has regulatory authority over the chemical components of the waste at WIPP through RCRA.

  • Bandelier announces fee-free Veterans Day weekend

    Superintendent Jason Lott of Bandelier National Monument has announced that Bandelier, along with all of America’s 397 other National Park Service areas, will offer everyone free admission during the Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 10-11.
     Lott added, “This is a beautiful time to visit Bandelier.
    The autumn days are cool and peaceful and, the light is beautiful. We hope people will take advantage of these fee-free days to come and enjoy the park.”
    To access the Visitor Center area in Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier, visitors need to go to the town of White Rock and catch the shuttle bus, which is also free. The first bus leaves White Rock at 9 a.m. every day and the last one returns from Bandelier at 4:30 p.m.  After 4 p.m., visitors may drive their own vehicles into the canyon, which is open until dusk.
    This year the shuttle service will continue through Nov. 17; after that visitors may drive into the canyon throughout the day. Shuttles are scheduled to begin again in March. 

  • Look for special coupons in Sunday’s newspaper

    News America Marketing, a division of News Corporation, announced that the Sunday issue of its widely distributed SmartSource Magazine coupon insert is dedicated to Wounded Warrior Project’s Believe in Heroes campaign.  
    Believe in Heroes broadens awareness for the work today’s veterans have done for the country. Some 56 brands have pledged their support for this cause and are offering high value coupons in this special insert, with a total value of more than $50.
    The Sunday SmartSource Magazine will feature a special Believe in Heroes insert that will be distributed to over 53 million households in honor of Veterans Day. The insert will feature coupons from dozens of household brands. Consumers will be directed to woundedwarriorproject.org, where the 56 coupons will be available for printing. The site will also provide the opportunity to make a donation to Wounded Warrior Project, a chance for shoppers to donate a portion of the available $50 in savings back to the organization.

  • Update 11-02-12

    Library board

    The Library Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the White Rock Branch Library.

    Parks and Rec

    The Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center.

    Business grants

    Learn about various grant opportunities available and if they are a fit for your business from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday at the Small Business Center, 190 Central Park Square. Call Heather Campbell at 661-4803 for more information.

    Ashley Pond

    An informational meeting to show the public the 90 percent Final Design Plans for Ashley Pond Park renovations will be held at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Fuller Lodge.

    Meet Me at Mesa

    Meet Me at the Mesa begins at 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mesa Library. The program makes the arts accessible to people with dementia.

  • PACs pour money into legislative races

    SANTA FE (AP) — The House District 43 race between Republican Jim Hall and Democratic challenger Stephanie Garcia Richard is not the only race where PACs have made their mark.
    Political groups free from campaign finance restrictions are pouring millions of dollars into New Mexico’s legislative races that will determine whether Democrats hang on to their majorities in the House and Senate.
    A PAC with ties to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday reported spending $1.4 million on House and Senate races last month, with $4 of every $5 going for advertising and mailings.
    That was matched by a Democratic-leaning group called Patriot Majority New Mexico, which spent $1.3 million during October. More than three-fourths of that went for mailings and ads.
    Reform New Mexico Now, which was formed by the governor’s supporters, reported raising $1.6 million last month and is targeting about two dozen legislative races. Its top donor was a national GOP group, the Republican State Leadership Committee, which contributed $715,000. Sheldon Adelson, owner of the Las Vegas Sands casino empire, gave $200,000. Adelson and his wife are leading donors to political groups backing GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Two oil and natural gas companies, Occidental Petroleum and Devon Energy Production, each gave $100,000.

  • Lab begins tearing down TA-21 enclosures

    Demolition of the metal buildings used to shield the public from potentially hazardous materials during the excavation and cleanup of a decades old waste disposal site at the historic Technical Area 21 situated along DP Road is now underway.

    Some prep activities are beginning this week and the work should be completed by the end of March 2013, lab officials said. The project brings the laboratory closer to transferring the six-acre tract of land to Los Alamos County at some point in the future.

    The metal structures, which look like a modern interpretation of the Quonset hut, were erected in 2010 to protect workers and the public from exposure to hazardous and radiological contamination while excavating and packaging contaminated debris and soil from Material Disposal Area B.

    “Removal of the structures marks the completion of a highly successful environmental cleanup project at Material Disposal Area B,” said Ed Worth, federal project manager with the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office. “We look forward to the day we officially turn the property over for the benefit of our community.”

  • Regional Coalition cracks WIPP

    The Regional Coalition of  Los Alamos National Laboratory Communities took a field trip to Southern New Mexico last week. Fourteen members toured the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and met with Carlsbad and Eddy County officials to discuss mutual concerns.

    “They really rolled out the red carpet for us. The mayor of Carlsbad, Dale Janway, was extremely appreciative. He had a dinner that recognized Los Alamos for taking the lead in putting the coalition together,” Council Chair Sharon Stover said.

    The trip was enhanced by County Administrator Harry Burgess’ close ties to Carlsbad. Burgess was city administrator of Carlsbad for six years before accepting his position here.

    “The City of Carlsbad obviously still has a great deal of confidence in Harry,” Stover said. City officials even let Burgess drive the boat for a tour down the Pecos River.

    The highlight of the trip was a very detailed tour of the WIPP facility.

    The coalition watched trucks arrive with LANL waste shipments, saw the “remote” waste area (waste handled robotically instead of with human contact), then descended 2,150 feet and took golf carts into the bowels of the salt mine to see where the waste is deposited. Stover said it was like being in an Indiana Jones movie.

  • LAPS earns accreditation

    Officials from the Los Alamos School District breathed a sigh of relief Thursday when they were granted a rare form of accreditation through “AdvancED” an accreditation service that specializes in accrediting entire school systems.

    The officials, who included principals and some of the teachers from all of the LAPS schools as well as Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt and Assistant Superintendent Paula Dean, learned of the achievement at a special meeting Wednesday afternoon in Los Alamos High School’s ’Topper Theater.

    For the past few days, an evaluation team from AdvancED had been roaming the halls of all of the schools, checking out classrooms, interviewing administrators, custodians, food servers, teachers, students and parents, sitting in on teaching sessions, checking out offices, cafeterias and even talking to people they met in the street.

    Their mission?

    The AdvancED officials wanted to see if the Los Alamos Public Schools deserved district-wide accreditation.

    Members of the team included high ranking school officials from California, Minnesota and New Mexico. They were: Claudia Coughran, Dr. Clete Lipetzky, Ron Williams, Teresa Rowlison and Karen Dondelinger.

  • Church Listings 11-02-12

    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. 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.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.