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Today's News

  • Update 08-23-12

    Gun Show

    The 14th annual Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club Gun Show will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Pueblo Gym.

    Authors Speak

    Author Vaunda Nelson will discuss her award-winning book “Bad News for Outlaws: the Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal” at 7 p.m. today at Mesa Library.

    Groundbreaking

    The public is invited to join the county council for the groundbreaking event for the new Golf Course Community Building at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the building site. Refreshments will be served.

    Hike event

    Terry Foxx and Chris Judson will lead an exploratory hike from Bandelier National Monument Ponderosa Campground area on Saturday. People should meet at Ponderosa campground at 8:30 a.m.

    CIP committee

    Harry Burgess meets with the Capital Improvements Projects committee at 5:15 today in council chambers.

  • United Church of LA undergoing renovations

    The United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road, is undergoing renovations that will cost $2.4 million. 

    Work is being done to most of the campus, including the Christian Education Building, sanctuary, thrift shop and parking lots. Currently, the education building is having an elevator and atrium installed.

    “We had a successful campaign earlier this year that has allowed us to proceed with this renovation project ($2.4 million project),” said David Elton of the United Church of Los Alamos. “This began with a visioning group that met in 2009. It was determined that The United Church needed to improve accessibility to our buildings. However, it grew into a larger project to also enhance facilities and unify the entire campus. The theme for the project is “Building A Way for Everyone.” Along with providing improved accessibility for members and friends, we wanted to also improve our facilities for the many groups and organizations who meet here each week, including Canyoncito Montessori.”

    Elton said schedules are being juggled but there should be no disruption to weekly services, children and youth programs, classes and other meetings.

  • Officials Dedicate Sculpture

    From left to right: First District Court Chief Justice Barbara Vigil; Arts in Public Places Advisory Board member Ken Nebel; APPAB chair Carolyn Bossert; First District Court Judge Glenn Ellington; First District Court Judge Stephen Pfeffer; Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover; Artist Troy Williams; Councilor Frances Berting; APPAB Member Peggy Pendergast; First District Court Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer; APPAB Vice Chair Becky Cordova; First District Court Judge Michael Vigil; Municipal Judge Alan Kirk and Magistrate Judge Pat Casados.

  • ECA peer exchange tackles environmental issues

    The Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) had a peer exchange in Los Alamos last week. It was the first time ECA has met here in more than five years.

    The main topic of discussion was environmental management (EM), although other issues of concern to the participants were also discussed in length.

    Seth Kirshenberg, executive director of the ECA, began a series of panel discussions Thursday with a summary of current issues.

    Kirshenberg reported that Congress is expected to pass a six-month continuing resolution until a new budget is passed, with provisions that could impact DOE communities.

    The main concern was a new limitation that prevents agencies from moving money around. In the past, Department of Energy Environmental Management (DOE-EM) had considerable flexibility in directing money to the most urgent environmental cleanup needs at each site.

    “The bottom line is, we don’t have that flexibility to move money between the major control elements if the CR passes as it is today,” Kirshenberg said.

  • Heavy storms expected today

    The National Weather Service said a strong weather system is expected to bring heavy thunderstorms to western New Mexico and flash flooding is possible.

    The system is moving into the state after hammering much of Arizona early Thursday. It is expected to reach the state Thursday afternoon and bring the heaviest rain to western parts of the state. Up to three inches of rain could fall per hour from some of the heaviest storm cells.

    A flash flood watch has been issued for most areas west of the Rio Grande Valley and the mountains of Lincoln County. Such warnings mean flooding is possible but not imminent. Los Alamos County and the Jemez Mountains are under such a warning.

    Areas below forests burned in recent fires are most prone to major flooding. Drivers should avoid washes and arroyos when storms are nearby.

     

  • Scientist gives his two cents on plutonium plan

    As in most public hearings regarding anything that has to do with the Department of Energy, activists were in attendance Tuesday to put in their two cents worth.

    That was the case at the Holiday Inn Express as they came out to let their feelings be known about the Draft Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.

    Interestingly enough, however, a Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist also stood up to give his opinion.

    Those occasions are rare.

    But David Clark was ready.

    “I’ve devoted my career to developing knowledge and expertise on the science and technology of plutonium,” Clark said. “I’ve come tonight as a citizen and a scientific expert on matters related to plutonium. As a leader in plutonium science, I remind everyone that there is well over 2,000 metric tons of plutonium throughout the world in various forms. 

    “Regardless of your views on how this situation came to be, it is clear that these large inventories must be prudently managed for many centuries and we must secure it against theft and diversion. To succeed, we will have to stabilize, store, and/or destroy excess plutonium. 

  • LAPS scrutinizes safety

    It seems like the construction crews working on the middle school renovation can’t catch a break.

    Though they fixed a gas leak that was caused when a backhoe hit a gas line Monday, they recently discovered another new leak in an older line attached to the connection.

    However, officials stress there was no gas in the line this time; the discovery came about when they were conducting a pressure test with air. Since Monday, the gas has been off.

    “That’s all we know at this point,” said David Wharram, a spokesman for McCarthy, the contractor in charge of the Los Alamos Middle School renovation.

    As of press time, Wharram couldn’t say anything else about the leak. “We will know nothing else until they dig up the line.” The school-owned line is approximately 1,000-feet long and parallels the middle school parking lot, running along an edge of the campus where the portable classrooms are now located.

    The leak’s discovery was revealed in a closed-door meeting Wednesday between McCarthy and school officials.

    Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt said he was glad the leak was found and that it was being taken care of.

  • Stealing a movement

    A woman screeched at me recently that the gay rights movement was “exactly the same” as the civil rights movement.
    I said it wasn’t and offered some reasons why. Her response? “I’m sure millions of black Americans appreciate your speaking for them.”
    Now she could have been sincerely passing along the gratitude she knew millions of African Americans would have for my rising to the defense of the civil rights movement.
    But I doubt it.
    It had the wanted effect, however. I dismissed her in the same breath that she dismissed me.
    She is far from alone in her opinion, of course. Gay activists have long sought to make Americans believe gays, lesbians, et al, have suffered the same myriad miseries throughout their lives as blacks have since this land’s colonization.
    It’s true enough that homosexuals and lesbians have been abused and stigmatized, however, the argument that they mirror the fight for equal rights blacks have experienced is weaker than water flowing down the Rio Grande.
    A quick check of any local restaurant underscores, in part, my point. What say we look at Chick-fil-a?
    During the recent kerfuffle, I ventured into one of these joints to see what all the fuss was about.

  • Rodney King death ruled accidental

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The death of Rodney King earlier this year was ruled an accidental drowning and there were multiple illegal drugs in his system, police said Thursday.

    Rialto police said the county medical examiner's report showed King had drugs such as PCP, cocaine and marijuana in his system when he died in June, the San Bernardino Sun (bit.ly/OXVE3I) reported.

    The autopsy report is due to be released later Thursday.

    "There's going to be no surprises. His death was ruled an accidental drowning," said Rialto police Capt. Randy DeAnda.

    King also had a blood-alcohol level of .06 percent.

    "The investigation is now completed and basically the autopsy and toxicology reinforces our conclusions," DeAnda said.

  • Senior-heavy LA could again be a force in Class 4A

    During the 2012 preseason, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team has been focused on its conditioning.

    And with the team projected to have a short bench this season, the Hilltoppers will likely need that extra work.

    Los Alamos opens the season up Saturday when it goes on the road to face Farmington for a scheduled noon kickoff.

    The Hilltoppers have high hopes for the 2012 season and they have good reason to. The majority of their roster is returning following a successful 2011 season in which they advanced to the Class 4A semifinals.

    Nevertheless, one big obstacle still remains: getting by Albuquerque Academy. But heading into the regular season, Los Alamos likes the hand it’s been dealt.

    “I think it’s really good,” Hilltopper star forward Amy Neal said just days before she starts her senior season campaign, trying to grab that state title that has so far eluded her. “We’ve got a ton of good players on this team...I think our team will mix really well and we’ll be able to get that team goal.”