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Today's News

  • Smith set to leave LASO

    Kevin Smith will leave his post as Los Alamos Site Office manager and will become the manager of the Office of River Protection in January, the Department of Energy announced in a release Tuesday.

    The ORP position came open when DOE also announced that Scott Samuelson, manager of the Office of River Protection, will leave EM in January, to return to NNSA, where he previously worked from the date it was formed in 2000.

    “Scott and Kevin are key senior executives in the Department of Energy,” said Undersecretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino. “I have asked Scott and Kevin to take on these new roles in order to align the talent we have with some of our toughest challenges. EM and NNSA have a lot to learn from each other, and Scott and Kevin are well-prepared to help us tackle these issues in the years to come.”

    The moves will become effective Dec. 30.

    Juan Griego, currently deputy manager of LASO, will serve as the acting LASO manager upon Smith’s departure.

  • Be There 11-20-12

    Thursday
    The Family YMCA will hold a Thanksgiving Day Zumba class from 9-10 a.m. in the Y gymnasium. The Y is closed for all other activities. Ages 13 and older. Free to the public.
    Nov. 27
    Ward L. Hawkins, LANL program manager for Nuclear Testing Limitations, will speak on “CTBT On-Site Inspection: The Final Verification Measure.” The presentation will provide general background information on the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and a detailed description of the On-Site Inspection verification regime. The talk will be given at an open meeting of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security at 7 p.m. in Room 311 in the Education Building at the United Church, 2525 Canyon Road.
    Nov. 28
    The Los Alamos Community of Atheists will host a discussion 6:30-8 p.m. in Meeting Room 1 of the Mesa Public Library. This month’s discussion will focus on the New Age movement and its role in society. For more information, contact them at losalamoscommunityofatheists@gmail.com. All are welcome.
    Nov. 29

  • Assets In Action: Practice service to others

    Service to others is a perfect asset for the week. This week, try and think of a young person that you know that does great things in the community.
    During this week of Thanksgiving, drop them a short note and thank them for the work that they do.
    Do you need a better idea? You can nominate youth or adults for the Community Assets Award. The nomination process kicks off this week and goes until Dec. 17.
    There are so many youth that do great things and are never acknowledged for their efforts.
    I only dabble in the cyber world of Facebook, but I notice a lot of people taking the 30 days of November to announce their gratitude for something each day, this month.
    They say that you have to do something for 30 days in a row to make it a habit, so they are giving it a try.
    When you focus on the good things, you pay attention to them more often.
    How many of us rush around and never take the time to see the little things that make each day worth rolling out of bed in the morning?
    I hope you will take a minute to send me an email, Facebook post (AssetsInAction) or Tweet (#AssetsInAction) about what you are thankful for today, this month — or even this year.

  • Paint truck removal underway at Bandelier

    The National Park Service and a construction company began removing the wreckage materials from a vehicle accident resulting in spilled paint within Bandelier’s boundary. 

    Crews began work last Friday and are expected to continue into this week. At this time, staff does not anticipate a road closure during removal operations.

    On the morning of Sept. 18, a tractor trailer rig traveling eastbound on N.M. 4 missed a sharp curve and went off the road, plunging about 200 feet down a steep slope into the monument.

    The truck was carrying about 2,200 gallons of highway striping paint. Spilled paint spread over nearly an acre and is visible from roads and hiking trails in and around Bandelier.

    Crews are now working with a cable and pulley system to remove the vehicle across the slope down to the road at the junction of N.M. 501 and N.M. 4. Bandelier National Monument law enforcement staff and an archeologist are closely monitoring the removal to mitigate any potential impacts to resources. 

    Paint cleanup will be a separate process that will begin in the near future.

  • Correction 11-20-12

    In “Board green lights sewer rate hike” in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor, Deputy Utilities Manager Robert Westervelt’s name was incorrectly spelled “Westerville.”

  • Police Beat 11-20-12

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Nov. 8

    11:47 a.m. — Kevin Herring, 34, of Los Alamos, was arrested and charged with possession of  drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance on the 4000 block of Sycamore Street,

    11:49 a.m. — Joshua Krepps, 20, of Los Alamos, was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) in the 4000 block of Sycamore Street.
    Nov. 9

    1:08 a.m. — A Los Alamos resident reported to police they were the victim of vandalism to their property at Hawk Drive and San Ildefonso Road.

    9:54 a.m. –– Ashley Hagermann, 24, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of drug paraphernalia in the 3300 block of Canyon Road.
    6:20 p.m. –– A 57-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of larceny over $20,000 in the 500 block of Camino Cereza.
    Nov. 11

  • Lobos top UConn, 66-60

    ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — New Mexico kept No. 21 Connecticut from winning the lone tournament it could have won this season.

    Tournament MVP Kendall Williams scored 15 points and the Lobos staved off a late UConn rally en route to a 66-60 victory in the championship game of the Paradise Jam.

    New Mexico (4-0) led by 10 points early in the second half, and by nine with as little as 7:11 left. But UConn (4-1) went on a 10-0 run and took over the lead after three Ryan Boatright free throws with 2:23 to play.

    However, the Lobos countered with a 9-0 run, paced by five points from Hugh Greenwood, then made all four foul shots in the final 39 seconds to seal the victory.

    "Both teams really fought for three games in four days," said New Mexico coach Steve Alford. "We've started the season doing a really good job at the foul line. We're getting there often, and we're making them."

    Indeed, the Lobos hit all 21 free throws on Monday. UConn went to the line just nine times, hitting seven.

    "Anytime you can beat your opponent 21-7 at the line, you're probably going to win a lot of games," Alford noted.

  • LA cross country runners take third at regionals

    The Los Alamos Cross Country team, comprised of runners from the Hilltoppers’ 2012 boys state championship team, finished third in the Nike Cross Southwest Regional event Saturday.
    Los Alamos placed three runners in the top 40 among team scorers to earn the third-place finish. The team finished with 215 points, earning a tiebreaker over Herriman, Utah, for third place when its sixth-place finisher, Mike Walker, outkicked a Herriman runner to the finish line.
    The Nike Cross regional race was run in Mesa, Ariz.
    The third-place finish by Los Alamos puts it in line for a potential Nike Cross National race at-large bid. At-large teams will be announced following the conclusion of regional races this weekend.
    Utah teams took three of the top four spots, with Los Alamos finishing as the top team from New Mexico, even outpacing the Storm XC Club, which featured Luis Martinez, the third overall finisher and first among team-affiliated competitors. The Storm, from Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, was fifth overall.
    Also at the southwest regional, Los Alamos’ girls cross country team finished 12th overall. Los Alamos had 298 points, also best among competing teams from New Mexico.

  • Smith to leave Los Alamos Site Office

    Kevin Smith will be leaving his post as Los Alamos Site Office manager and will become the Manager of the Office of River Protection in January, the Department of Energy announced in a release Tuesday.

    The ORP position came open when DOE also announced that   Scott Samuelson, Manager of the Office of River Protection (ORP), will be leaving EM in January to return to NNSA, where he previously worked from the date it was formed in 2000.

     “Scott and Kevin are key senior executives in the Department of Energy,” said Undersecretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino. “I have asked Scott and Kevin to take on these new roles in order to align the talent we have with some of our toughest challenges. EM and NNSA have a lot to learn from each other, and Scott and Kevin are well-prepared to help us tackle these issues in the years to come.”

    The moves will become effective December 30, 2012. Juan Griego, currently Deputy Manager of LASO, will serve as the Acting LASO Manager upon Smith’s departure.

  • Paint truck removal underway at Bandelier

    The National Park Service and a construction company began removing the wreckage materials from a vehicle accident resulting in spilled paint within Bandelier’s boundary.  Crews began work last Friday and are expected to continue into this week.  At this time, staff does not anticipate a road closure during removal operations.

    On the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 18, a tractor-trailer rig traveling eastbound on New Mexico State Highway 4 missed a sharp curve and went off the road, plunging about 200 feet down a steep slope into the monument.

    The truck was carrying about 2200 gallons of highway striping paint. Spilled paint spread over nearly an acre and is visible from roads and hiking trails in and around Bandelier.

     Crews are now working with a cable and pulley system to remove the vehicle across the slope down to the road at the junction of State Highway 501 and State Highway 4.  Bandelier National Monument law enforcement staff and an archeologist are closely monitoring the removal to mitigate any potential impacts to resources.  Paint cleanup will be a separate process that will begin in the near future.