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Today's News

  • We are failing children

    When Gov. Martinez came into office back in January, among her top priorities was to turn New Mexico’s failing educational system around.
    To say that it is “failing” sounds harsh, but it describes reality.
    The problem is that, having had two opportunities to move towards fixing the problem, the legislature has thrown up roadblock after roadblock in a (so-far successful) attempt to keep the status quo in place.
    First, the problem: According to the “Diplomas Count 2011” report from the Education Research Center, New Mexico’s real graduation rate is 57.1 percent.

  • LANL celebrates International Year of Chemistry

    In order to bring attention to and celebrate the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to civilization, the General Assembly of the United Nations passed a resolution declaring 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry.

    The year 2011 was selected because it coincides with the 100th anniversary of Marie Curie’s Nobel Prize in chemistry and the 100th anniversary of the founding of the International Association of Chemical Societies (now IUPAC, the International Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry).

    The Chemistry Division and Los Alamos National Laboratory are doing their part.

    They are celebrating the International Year of Chemistry through a series of activities, lectures, and events, many of which are open to the public.

  • Lab gets help in saving water

    A project funded by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) will provide the resources that will help Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) triple the lab’s capacity to save water.

    The upgrade of LANL’s Sanitary Effluent Reclamation Facility (SERF), a $16.1 million project, meets a Department of Energy and NNSA requirement for recycling water and reducing the consumption of potable water use. The 4,350-square-foot facility treats effluent water from LANL’s sanitary sewer system and meets a standard equivalent to drinking water which is ultimately recycled for industrial reuse. Using treated sanitary effluent in the cooling towers reduces LANL’s use of potable water, derived from the regional aquifer, for such purposes.

  • Update 10-16-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will hold a work session at 7 p.m., Tuesday at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock.

    Training and Tour

    The Department of Energy and the Los Alamos National Security, LLC, are holding Electronic Public Reading Room training and a tour of the Hard copy Public Reading Room. There are two sessions: 11 a.m.-noon or 5-6 p.m. Tuesday

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Chamber Conference Room, 109 Central Park Square.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at 170 Central Park Square.

    ESB meeting

  • Former PRC Commissioner Jerome Block jailed

    SANTA FE — Former state Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr., who recently resigned after pleading guilty to felony charges, has been jailed in Santa Fe.
    Santa Fe County jail records indicate Block was booked at 12:10 p.m. Friday on a remand order, indicating he violated a condition of his release.
    Under a plea agreement with the attorney general’s office, Block pleaded guilty last month to the fraudulent use of a state-issued gasoline card and other felonies.
    If the 34-year-old from Espanola fails to complete a court-supervised drug treatment program, he potentially faces up to 4 1/2 years in prison.

  • Correction 10-16-11


    In the “Trinity debate takes a turn” story that ran in the Los Alamos Monitor in September, William Mead was quoted as saying that between 2006 and 2009 there was only one pedestrian “fatality” — he actually said “accident.”

  • Million dollar remodel is wrapping up

    Champagne, hors d’oeuvres and music top the slate for del Norte Credit Union’s upcoming grand reopening party. The community is invited to celebrate the facility’s $1 million makeover from 5-7 p.m., Nov. 4 at the 1000 Trinity Dr., facility.

    “We’re excited about our branch remodel and want to invite everyone to come to our grand reopening to see all of the wonderful new features we’ve incorporated into the facility,” said DNCU board member Levi Lopez. “We also want the public to know that we appreciate the support we’ve received from Los Alamos and White Rock and look forward to serving these communities as well as the communities of Santa Fe and
    Espanola for many more years to come.”

  • Crews complete LANL administration building demolition

    Demolition of the former Administration Building at the Los Alamos National Laboratory is complete.

    The 316,500-square-foot building that had been home to seven lab directors was completed five months ahead of the original schedule and significantly under budget.

    After we removed all regulated, hazardous materials such as asbestos, our team was able to recycle about 95 percent of the building,” said Darrik Stafford, LANL’s project director for the demolition.

    “At more than 300,000 square feet, this was a sizable undertaking,” added John Gallegos of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office. “I am pleased with the results of this project.”

  • LA Delegation Tours Sister City

    Members of the Los Alamos Sarov Sister City Initiative (LASSCI) were moved by the warm welcome they received from Los Alamos’ Sister City of Sarov, Russia.

    The delegation included Council vice-Chair Ron Selvage, Acting Community Services Director Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan (also representing the library), Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation (LACDC) Member Services Coordinator Katy Korkos, LASSCI Board Members Paul White and Nora Arbuckle and Colleen Olinger, former owner of the Otowi Station Bookstore. Arbuckle, who is originally from Uzbekistan, augmented the services of the interpreters.

    Selvage’s and Kalogeros-Chattan expenses were paid for by the county, whom they were representing, and other members paid their own expenses.

  • Mortillaro accepts lesser contract

    SANTA FE — Former Los Alamos County administrator Anthony J. Mortillaro finally got his contract as the executive director of the North Central Regional Transit District Friday.
    But it was far from an easy process.

    For more than three hours behind closed doors, the transit board met in executive session to hash out the details of the contract.

    It was far from unanimous.

    Santa Fe County Commissioner Robert Anaya initially made a motion that would give Mortillaro a base salary of $96,000 and no $500 per-month vehicle allowance. The motion failed 15-11, despite the support of Espanola’s Robert Seeds and Rio Arriba County’s Barney Trujillo.