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Today's News

  • Political Season Gets Underway

    A pair of Democratic political hopefuls were hanging out in Los Alamos recently.

  • Tauscher gains seat on governing boards

    Norman J. Pattiz, chairman of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS) and Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), today announced that the Honorable Ellen O. Tauscher has been named as an independent governor on the LLNS and LANS Boards of Governors.
    The LLCs manage Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif. and Los Alamos National Laboratory respectively, for the U.S. Department of Energy. The appointments take effect Sept. 17.
    Tauscher has also been appointed as a member of the LANS/LLNS Boards’ Mission Committee. The Mission Committee serves in an advisory role to review current and future national security issues and laboratory initiatives, capabilities and strategic plans to address these issues.
    “We are very pleased to welcome Ellen Tauscher to the Boards of Governors of LANS and LLNS,” Pattiz said. “Ms. Tauscher has a distinguished record as a seven-term member of Congress with expertise in national security matters, a former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, and as an investment banker. She is respected by the national and international arms control communities, by members of Congress and by the business community. She will add greatly to our boards and the national laboratories.”

  • CIP committee bids farewell

    After nearly four years of review and making recommendations on capital improvement project applications, the CIP committee has been dissolved.

    The committee, which was created to advise the county administrator, began work in 2008 and reviewed 23 projects.

    When the Los Alamos County Council allocated the remaining CIP funds during budget hearings this spring, the committee was left at loose ends.

    The group then spent some time reviewing the CIP process adopted by council in 2008 and made some recommendations for improving it.

    But with no additional CIP funding on the horizon, County Administrator Harry Burgess reached the decision to dissolve the committee for the time being.

    “The first thing I want to do is thank each of you for your participation in this committee to this point. You took your own time to participate in these types of deliberations and I think it’s going to have a very good influence for the future,” Burgess said during the committee’s final meeting last Thursday. “It’s clearly brought about a bunch of new projects for consideration, and several have received funding as they move forward from this process.”

  • Workers exposed to radiation

    According to Los Alamos National Laboratory officials, about 12 employees were accidentally exposed to Technetium-99, a type of low-level radiation that travels fast, but is stopped by the clothing and skin. As of press time, LANL is determining when and how the exposure occurred.

    “They are investigating what exactly happened and how to accurately characterize it at this point,” said LANL Public Information Officer Nancy Ambrosiano.

    The dosage the workers received is approximately 10 times lower than the allowable amount of millirems by law and does not pose a public health threat, according to LANL officials.

    LANL officials are also saying that some of the employees apparently took the radiation home with them and a clean-up operation is now underway. As of late Monday afternoon, LANL officials could not say where the employees may have traveled after they left the lab.

    One place that was checked though was Chamisa Elementary School.  According to a statement on the school’s site, Chamisa was given the all clear sign, with no signs of contamination found.

    “We appreciate the thoroughness of the lab in assuring the safety of our students and staff,” said a statement on the site.

  • Severed line causes power outage

    At approximately10 a.m. Monday morning a contractor severed an underground electric line while removing a section of sidewalk, leaving businesses on the south side of Trinity from 20th to the end DP Road without power for a brief period of time.

    Electric line crews with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities responded and rerouted power around the damaged section to restore power in less than 30 minutes. Permanent repairs will be scheduled in the near future.

  • LA looks tough in scrimmage

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls cross country teams both looked impressive in their preseason scrimmage Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers took on La Cueva Saturday in Albuquerque, picking up top finishes in both the boys and girls race. Jennifer Mooday and Sean Reardon paced the rest of the field with Mooday becoming the first runner to win the scrimmage twice in its four-year history.
    Hilltopper head coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood said they were pleased with the beginning of the season, which featured several highlights.
    Reardon, who had a monster track and field season for the Hilltoppers in the spring, clocked the third-best time in scrimmage history and was one of seven Hilltoppers who finished in under 18 minutes — Los Alamos had four runners finish in under 18 minutes in 2011.
    Also on the boys side, Mike Walker and Aaron Bao earned their first team top-seven finishes in their careers.
    For the Hilltopper girls, eight girls finished in under 21 minutes, six more than last season’s scrimmage, including Miranda Barraza, who earned the first top-5 team finish in her career.
    Los Alamos will open its 2012 regular season Friday at the University of New Mexico Invitational.

    Girls

  • Topes Notes 08-28-12

    Albuquerque puts four on All-PCL team

    The Isotopes placed four players on the 2012 All-PCL team.
    John Ely, Jerry Sands, Tim Federowicz and Josh Wall all earned spots on the team. The four Isotopes named to the squad were the most in the league.
    The All-PCL team is chosen annually by the league’s managers. The team is made up of 12 players — eight position players, a designated hitter, right-handed starting pitcher, left-handed starting pitcher and relief pitcher.
    Ely was named the team’s right-handed starting pitcher. Heading into Monday’s play, Ely was in position to take the league’s pitching Triple Crown — he is currently first in ERA (3.10), strikeouts (162) and is tied for the lead in wins (14).
    Sands was the All-PCL’s DH. He currently holds a .300 average with 25 home runs and 103 RBI. As of Monday, he was the only player in the PCL to have reached the RBI century mark.
    Federowicz was named catcher to the team, having thrown out 37 percent of attempting base stealers and has a team-high 34 doubles on the season.
    Wall is the All-PCL relief pitcher. He’s picked up 27 saves and is holding batters to a .240 average.

    Isotopes held to just one run Monday night

  • Sports Update 08-28-12

    JV girls soccer tops Scorpions, 2-1

    The Los Alamos girls junior varsity soccer team picked up a win in its season opener Saturday.
    Los Alamos, led by Issabell Runde, scored a goal in each half to top the Farmington Scorpions 2-1 Saturday in Farmington.
    Runde scored a goal and was credited with an assist on Sarah Criscoulo’s goal in the victory.

    Volleyball, racquetball registration open

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is accepting registrations for its fall adult racquetball and volleyball leagues.
    The racquetball league’s season opens Sept. 4. Games are scheduled throughout the 10-week season and the season ends with a tournament.
    The coed recreational volleyball league consists of 4-on-4 play for six weeks starting Oct. 7. That season will also end in a tournament.
    Price for participation in the racquetball league is $30 per player for YMCA members and $45 for nonmembers. The volleyball league is $15 per player for members, $20 for nonmembers.
    For more information, call 662-3100 or visit laymca.org.

    High school, mid-school sports passes on sale

  • Obama taking softball questions

    SANTA FE — The White House press corps, which covers every move of President Barack Obama, owes a big thank you to an Albuquerque pop music station.
    Last Friday morning, the president accepted an invitation for an on-air chat with KOB-FM’s “Morning Mayhem” co-hosts Carlos Duran, Kiki Garcia and Danny Vigil.
    Presidents do that sort of thing from time to time, but the White House press corps has been feeling ignored recently because the escalating battle between presidential candidates has produced an atmosphere in which neither candidate had been inclined to take questions from the press corps.
    Just look at the battle of gaffes and their exploitation by the opposing camp to see why Obama and Mitt Romney prefer to confine themselves to prepared remarks.
    But last weekend, President Obama’s team made a quick pivot. Last Monday morning, Obama submitted to a grilling by reporters. Former Gov. Romney was in Hobbs Wednesday. We’ll see if New Mexico’s enchantment caused him to sit and talk with press corps reporters.
    According to news coverage of Obama’s conversation with reporters, little new information was imparted. Readers may have learned more from the light-hearted conversation with the KOB radio crew.

  • Medicaid is black and white and red all over

    Last week, the state’s leading economist waded into the Medicaid debate.
    “I think we should seriously think of saying yes to Medicaid,” said Lee Reynis, director of UNM’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research. “It’s an opportunity to develop health-care infrastructure, especially in rural areas. The federal government is willing to pay the freight for much of it.”
    BBER’s forecasting models indicate New Mexico would receive $3.9 billion from the federal government from 2014 to 2020, and the expansion would create thousands of new jobs. Reynis was speaking to Economic Forum, a nonpartisan business group. I was surprised at the comment, which came at the end of an otherwise gloomy look at the economy.
    Medicaid expansion has become an election issue. The Supreme Court, in upholding the Affordable Care Act, removed the mandate to expand the program, giving states a choice. Expansion supporters and detractors have their boilerplate arguments, so true believers can take a position without thinking.  If you’re in the middle – I’m sorry – you’ll just have to think.