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Today's News

  • Feds prepare for another busy fire season

    TIJERAS (AP) — More than 100 large fires have swept across parts of the nation already this year, and the head of the U.S. Forest Service said Thursday the rest of the 2012 fire season is expected to be just as active as last year’s, which saw historic wildfires on hundreds of square miles in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and elsewhere.
    Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said the Southwest continues to be dry, but the middle part of the U.S. up into the Great Basin could be in for a more severe season as drought marches across a bigger swath of the country.

  • PRC looks at San Juan alternatives

     SANTA FE — Public Regulation Commissioners Jason Marks and Doug Howe are asking the parties involved in planning the environmental modifications of Public Service Company of New Mexico’s (PNM) aging San Juan Generating Station (SJGS) to voluntarily stay litigation until a third alternative can be developed that would begin to reduce the state’s reliance on coal generation.
    The 40-year-old coal-fired plant is in violation of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regional haze reduction rules for polluting the facility’s surrounding area, which includes Mesa Verde National Park and the Weminuche Wilderness Area.

  • High winds cause power outages

    Several power outages occurred during the high winds last night and early Friday morning according to officials at the Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities. 
     At 6:40 p.m. Thursday, LANL Circuit EA4 went out affecting the East Gate area down to Rendija Canyon. These areas were transferred to DPU’s Circuit 14 while LANL worked on the EA4 problem.  Power was restored by 7 p.m.  Approximately 20 DPU customers were affected.
    In White Rock at 7 p.m. Thursday, a transformer on Monte Rey failed which was replaced by DPU’s electric linemen. Power was restored at 159 Monte Rey by 10 p.m. Friday. One customer was affected.

  • Update 04-27-12

    Taste of Russia

    A Taste of Russia, a benefit for the youth visit to Los Alamos sister city of Sarov, will be at 6:30 tonight at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel. $50 per person, $400 per table.

    Council forum

    Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor have invited all County Council candidates to participate in a forum set for 6 p.m. May 17. Watch for more details in the Los Alamos Monitor.

    Kiwanis

    Kiwanis meets from noon-1 p.m. every Tuesday at the Masonic Temple on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. Rose Montoya will speak on the Boys and Girls Club.

    Fabulous 50s

  • Covered arena gets P&Z approval

    The Planning and Zoning Commission approved a plan for a new covered riding arena at the North Mesa stables Wednesday night. The arena is a Capital Improvement Project (CIP) submitted by the Los Alamos Pony Club in 2008.

    The 200’x75’ foot prefabricated structure will be used for riding during inclement weather, for Search & Rescue team practice, activities sponsored by the local 4H organization and training grounds for the Los Alamos Dog Obedience club.

    County animal control requested the addition of three 25’x25’ covered pens adjoining the arena to shelter large animals such as neglected or abandoned horses.

  • Local man charged with child rape

    A Los Alamos man faces felony child rape charges after admitting to having sexual relations with a 12-year-old girl.

    Stephen Geisik, 21, is charged with criminal sexual penetration of a minor under age 13 — a first-degree felony.

    The unidentified minor is the same who reported construction workers had raped her earlier this year — a claim that was determined to be unfounded.

  • Promotions mark end of holding pattern

    County Administrator Harry Burgess created a stir when he announced three staff promotions and proposed a major restructuring of the Community Development Department (CDD) and the Capital Projects & Facilities Department (CP&FD) during budget hearings last week.

    “Trying to fill vacant positions has been a big task, especially doing it while trying to prepare this year’s budget,” Burgess said. Nine upper management positions have been filled with “acting” staff for close to 18 months, waiting for the hire of a new county administrator. Burgess took up his post in November.

  • LAESF kickoff at Bradbury

    Many supporters of the Los Alamos Employees Scholarship Fund turned out for a kick-off reception Thursday evening. 

  • Future of CMRR meetings in question

    Sometimes, the show must go on.

    NNSA has decided to defer the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement facility for at least five years.
    Activists rejoiced. Those at LANL and NNSA regrouped.

    End of story, right?

    Not so fast.

    As part of a 2005 settlement between the Department of Energy/LANL and a coalition of community groups, a decision was reached to hold semi-annual meetings to discuss CMRR updates.

    Wednesday night at Fuller Lodge there was another one of those meetings.

    Steve Fong of the Los Alamos Site Office told those in attendance to expect the design deliverables to be completed by the end of the year and that the design was in “closeout mode.”

  • Montoya is best predictor in Tuesday's race

    Theresa Montoya was the top predictor at the Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race Tuesday.
    Montoya nipped two other runners with good predictions at the race, which took place on North Mesa starting near Brewer Arena.
    At the race, Montoya finished with a 15-second prediction error, topping Ted Romero, who was just 17 seconds off and Tom Sandford, who was 20 seconds off.
    On the 1-mile course, Roy Cope was the fastest finisher with his time of 11 minutes, 44 seconds. Georgia Pedicini finished in 14:12, the fastest female finisher.
    On the 3-mile course, Nathan Romero was the first finisher, clocking a 19:27. Lynn Bjorkland had a 22:31 on the long course.
    The next Pace Race is scheduled for Tuesday.