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Today's News

  • Update 11-06-12

    No trash pickup

    In observance of Veterans Day, there will be no trash or recycling collection on Nov. 12. If Monday is your normal pickup day please put out trash and recycling by 8 a.m. Nov. 14 for collection.

    Election results

    LAMonitor.com will be live and access will be free throughout the evening with the latest in election results for all the local, state and national races. The Los Alamos Monitor news team will then produce a complete election wrap up for Wednesday’s edition that will be a Total Market Circulation to most households in the county.

    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.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold a public hearing on a proposed sewer rate increase and restructuring at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at 170 Central Park Square.

  • Chamber hosts 'Free Money Fair'

    Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation Executive Director Kevin Holsapple said that business owners often ask where they can access grants and other resources that might help boost their enterprises. The LACDC decided to answer that question by organizing a Free Money Fair. The inaugural event takes place Wednesday.
    Los Alamos Small Business Development Center Business advisor Katie Stavert researched available opportunities and organized the fair.
    “Katy’s done a great job of really talking to and bringing together a variety of different sources for what truly is free money, if your business situation or your organization matches up to the particular program,” Holsapple said.
    Representatives will give brief orientations about eight different opportunities, including eligibility requirements and the application process, which should help participants hone in on which programs might be a good fit for their businesses.
    After the orientation, participants can talk individually with presenters to get further clarification about whether their business might qualify for the programs.
    Holsapple believes any business, organization or entrepreneur can find something of interest at the fair.

  • Order modified to include Intellus NM

    The National Nuclear Security Administration and Los Alamos National Security, LLC, submitted a modification to the March 1, 2005 Consent Order and received approval for requested modification from the New Mexico Environment Department Hazardous Waste Bureau.

    The Class 1* equivalent modification to the Consent Order was submitted to the NMED-HWB Oct. 22.

    The modification added a new section, Section III.Z, Public Environmental Database, that requires the maintenance of a publicly accessible database containing data from environmental media collected as part of environmental investigation and monitoring activities. The NMED-HWB approved the modification Oct. 29.  The name of the database is Intellus NM,

    The new Consent Order requirement replaces the Risk Analysis, Communication, Evaluation and Reduction (RACER) database which was terminated by NMED-HWB on Oct. 30.

    “Adding this enforceable requirement to the Consent Order ensures that the laboratory will continue to make its environmental data available to the public,” said Pete Maggiore, assistant manager of the Environmental Projects Office for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office.

  • Voters head to polls

    Around 8:30 this morning, this was the scene at Kelly Hall in Trinity on the Hill Espiscopal Church, one of three voting centers for Los Alamos County. Polls close at 7 p.m. Look for results on LAMonitor.com.

  • LANL overhead changes trouble subcontractors

    The bagel and coffee breakfast hosted by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce for Los Alamos National Laboratory officials and their subcontractors went down pretty easy, but subcontractors who were present had a hard time swallowing the bad news they received from a LANL presentation.

    LANL’s group leader for the Chief Financial Division, Aaron Menefee, started the presentation off with data that showed LANL has lost $400 million in funding to support contracting work since 2011, a number that is projected to grow larger as the government looks to trim expenses in a number of areas overall.

    Then Menefee, along with Doug McCrary, head of acquisition services management at LANL, told the subcontractors exactly what the dismal parade of figures could mean to their livelihoods,  as well as the future of their businesses.

    Menefee and McCrary said because of the losses, LANL will be trying a new “cost model” that will ask subcontractors to share more of the cost burden.

    “We just want to make sure we’re charging everyone a fair and equitable amount,” Menefee said during his talk. “When we go back and talk to our customers, we want to make sure we can tell them that everyone is paying their fair share of these overhead costs.

  • Two men die in Jemez

    The fire departments of Sandoval and Los Alamos County were involved in recovering two bodies in two separate incidents from the Sandoval County wilderness area Saturday.

    The first incident involved a man who was reported missing by his family Friday after he did not return from a morning hike in the Jemez Mountains, according to New Mexico State Police spokesman Robert McDonald.
    Sandoval County Sheriff deputies found the hiker’s vehicle Friday night.

    The case was transferred to state police because it turned into a search and rescue effort.
    Search and rescue crews found the man’s body at the bottom of an approximate 100-foot cliff near F.R. 10 and F.R. 269.

    The hiker was identified as Thomas Ilg, 54, of Los Alamos. He was a Los Alamos National Laboratory employee, according to the facility’s website. Ilg reportedly had worked at the lab since 1996.

    Ilg’s neighbors were saddened and shocked to hear the news, but also said they did not know him well.

    “I knew his wife Wendy, but I did not know him very well,” said one neighbor. “That is horrible; I do know they’ve lived in this neighborhood a long time. How awful,” the neighbor said.

    McDonald said the family told officials Ilg was an experienced hiker.

  • WESST offers global program

    WESST brings a global business initiative to New Mexico in a five-part series of workshops designed to empower small-business owners to make sound financial decisions.
    HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs — or HP Life — is a global program sponsored by Hewlett Packard that trains the owners of microenterprises to apply information technology and business skills to establish and expand a job-creating venture.
    WESST sponsors the workshops at its Albuquerque Enterprise Center.
    Sessions cover the basics of finance, financial planning, invoicing, expense tracking and cash flow management.
     While the workshops empower participants with information about critical business tools, business owners should always verify accounting practices with an accountant who’s familiar with their business.
    Fundamentals of finance: Break-even analysis is the most basic of financial basics. Without doing this analysis, a business owner can’t know when the amount of money she’s bringing in is equal to her costs.
    Determining this break-even point requires a list of variable costs associated with making the product and a list of fixed costs, such as rent or loan payments that need to be paid no matter how many products are made.

  • Duke City Soccer League results

    In the sixth week of Duke City Soccer League action, the girls U11 Los Alamos Hotshots ‘02 prevailed 5-0 against the ‘02 Antero.
    Both teams played without substitutes but Los Alamos was the fresher team throughout, controlling the action in the contest.
    The Hotshot defense held Antero to 1 shot in the second half and the midfield and offense continually pressured Antero’s defense.
    In the boys games, the U13 Lasers 2000 won 5-0 against the NM Rush Millenium.
    David Gao had 2 goals while Jordan Currie, Andrea Runde and Ben Rees all picked up single goals.
    Kauru Shimada and Christopher Blue had good outings in the midfield and the Lasers’ defense allowed only 2 shots and none on goal.
    The U-12 Atomic City FC lost 5-1 to the Guadalajara Volcano. The lone goal for Atomic City came from Cade Cummins with an assist from Dakota Duran.

  • Soccer game times announced

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team has its Class 4A state tournament quarterfinal game scheduled for 10:45 a.m. Thursday.
    Both the Hilltopper boys and girls will play in the quarterfinal round of the tournament at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex.
    Los Alamos’ boys will play at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. They will face off against Los Lunas in that contest, while the Hilltopper girls will play Piedra Vista.
    The winners of Thursday’s games will advance to the state semifinals Friday.
    More information on the soccer tournaments will be in Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Aggies drop Western, 98-49

    LAS CRUCES — The New Mexico State University Aggie men’s basketball team rolled to a 98-49 win over Western New Mexico in its lone exhibition game of the 2012-13 preseason Monday.
    The Aggies had five players in double-figures with senior forward Tyrone Watson and sophomore guard Daniel Mullings providing 13 points each. Senior forward Bandja Sy added 12 points, junior center Tshilidzi Nephawe chipped in 11 and redshirt freshman guard Eric Weary had 10.
    NMSU utilized its size advantage for a 20-rebound edge on the boards, 46-26, and Sy grabbed a game-high seven rebounds.
    The Aggies shot the ball well and recorded a 57.1 field goal percentage (36-of-63) and 45.5 3-point percentage (10-of-22).
    The Aggies built a 52-27 halftime lead behind a balanced offense.
    Sy led all scorers after the first half with 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Watson added nine points on a 4-of-4 performance from the field.
    NMSU opens the regular season at Oregon State Sunday. That game will be broadcast on ESPNU.