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Today's News

  • DOE awards contract to WIPP

     The U.S. Department of Energy announced that Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC (members comprised of URS Energy and Construction, Inc., of Boise, Idaho; Babcock and Wilcox Technical Services Group, Inc., of Lynchburg, Va.; and major subcontractor, AREVA Federal Services LLC, of Bethesda, Md.) has been awarded a $1.3 billion contract for management and operating at DOE’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad.  
    The five-year contract contains an option to extend for an additional five years. The M and O contractor manages the WIPP site and the Department’s National Transuranic Waste program. After a transition period, the contractor will assume responsibility for M and O of the WIPP facility on Oct. 1.

  • White Rock man enters plea in SF drug case

    Justin Stone, 26, of White Rock, pleaded not guilty in Santa Fe District Court to attempted drug trafficking — a second degree felony - and misdemeanor larceny charges after spending the last few months and his April 16 birthday behind bars at the Santa Fe County Jail.

    Stone was arrested in February for allegedly having a “mobile meth lab” in his car.

    Previous Los Alamos Monitor reports state that Stone drove away from police after he was pulled over for running a red light in Santa Fe. Stone allegedly abandoned the car nearby and police later found meth-making materials in the vehicle.

  • County Briefs 04-24-12

    Dog park meeting Thursday

    Los Alamos County Parks Manager Dick McIntyre will meet with users of the east side dog park next Thursday about recent requests to add play space for younger/older/tired dogs to play safely. It would require adding more fencing to the existing dog park located inside East Park, at minor expense. Users can stop by the Park and visit with McIntyre at 6 p.m.
    CIP committee to meet Thursday

    The County’s Capital Improvement Projects Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold its monthly business meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers, located inside the Community Building at 475 20th Street.

  • Police Beat 04-24-12

    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, served a court summons or issued a citation.

    April 12

    9:46 a.m. — A Los Alamos National Laboratory employee reported that three new tool sets had been stolen from TA-54 with an estimated value of $990.

    8:07 p.m. — Chris Quintana, 42, Los Alamos, was arrested on a Los Alamos Municipal Court bench warrant.

    April 13

  • Update 04-24-12

    School board

    The Los Alamos Board of Education will hold a work session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the high school speech theater.

    Open house

    Project Y is hosting an open house from 6:30-8 p.m. at UNM-LA, Building 2, today. Come see FIRST team 4153’s robot in action. Everyone is welcome.

    Kiwanis

    Kiwanis meets from noon-1 p.m. every Tuesday at the Masonic Temple on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. The group will hold committee meetings today.

    CMRR meeting

    A public meeting for the CMRR project will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

    Council meeting

  • Griffith Gym rededication

    Los Alamos school officials joined with students, parents and coaches to rededicate Griffith Gym in memory of 1958 Los Alamos High School graduate Lt. Thurston “Turk” Griffith Jr. Robert Sutton said his cousin’s courage, valor and sacrifice is a reminder of the many more student achievements to come.

  • Lab recognizes pollution prevention efforts

    Efforts to refurbish used gas containers, perform wildfire-related work in the winter, and recycle thousands of lead bricks were among projects winning awards at the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s annual P2 Awards ceremony held April 17 at Fuller Lodge.
    Employee ideas allowed the Laboratory to save or avoid using more than 100,000 reams of paper, 3,000 chemical containers, 9,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, 50 million gallons of fuel, and 80 tons of metal.  
    In addition, environmental-related projects enabled the Laboratory to recycle more than 5 million liters of water and reduce the amount of hazardous and radioactive waste generated by Lab operations by more than 2,500 cubic meters.

  • Budget hearing odds and ends

    As budget hearings wound down last Wednesday, the Los Alamos County Council considered citizens’ requests and a list of “unmet needs” submitted by various departments.
    Many residents have objected to the decision to discontinue the print version of the county’s newsletter, “The County Line.” Council was ready to reintroduce a printed newsletter for those who prefer it. Councilor Vincent Chiravalle argued for sending a print version to every household with their utility bill and seemed to be under the impression that was how the newsletter was delivered in the past.
    Los Alamos County Public Information Officer Julie Habiger explained what reinstituting a print version would entail.

  • Alcohol may be factor in Sunday's Main Hill crash

    Alcohol may have been involved in a motorcycle and truck collision Sunday afternoon, which closed the main hill — N.M. 502 — for hours and sent one man to the hospital.

    Los Alamos County Police and Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Departments responded to the incident at 3:59 p.m.

    Santa Fe Sheriff’s Lt. Joe McLaughlin said the motorcyclist, Peter Padilla, 47, of El Prado, was heading southbound down the hill, lost control of the motorcycle and swerved into oncoming traffic around the bend at Anderson lookout. Los Alamos resident Rodney Dominguez, 44, who was driving a Toyota Tundra, was driving up the hill when he saw Padilla and swerved in an attempt to avoid hitting him, but the motorcyclist struck the left side of the truck.

  • Burgess satisfied with hearings

    Harry Burgess found his first budget hearings as Los Alamos county administrator very familiar.

    “It’s not all that different from place to place,” Burgess said. “It’s always a balancing act. There are always more needs and desires than resources.”

    By and large, Burgess was pleased with the outcome.

    “Overall, I thought the process went well. We accomplished pretty much what we wanted within the time allowed. We are still within the proposed budget; we still have a plan to continue to provide the same level of service - something very important in this climate - and not reduce staff.”