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Today's News

  • Isaac makes landfall in La.; Gulf Coast braces

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Isaac spun into the southern Louisiana coast late Tuesday, sending floodwaters surging and unleashing fierce winds, as residents hunkered down behind boarded-up windows. New Orleans calmly waited out another storm on the eve of Hurricane Katrina's seventh anniversary, hoping the city's strengthened levees will hold.

    Isaac, a massive storm spanning nearly 200 miles from its center, made landfall at about 6:45 p.m. near the mouth of the Mississippi River. But it was zeroing in on New Orleans, about 90 miles to the northwest, turning streets famous for all-hours celebrations into ghost boulevards.

    While many residents stayed put, evacuations were ordered in low-lying areas of Louisiana and Mississippi, where officials ordered the closure of the state's 12 shorefront casinos. By late Tuesday, more than 100,000 homes and businesses had lost power.

    Ed Rappaport, deputy director of the National Hurricane Center, said Isaac's core would pass west of New Orleans with winds close to 80 mph and head for Baton Rouge.

  • Lobos suspend quarterback David Vega indefinitely

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico suspended junior quarterback David Vega has been suspended from the football team indefinitely.

    The suspension was announced Tuesday by Lobos coach Bob Davie, who says Vega was arrested early Sunday by Albuquerque police.

    Details of the arrest weren't immediately available.

    Davie says that until he's satisfied that he has all the facts, he won't make a decision on Vega's return to the program.

    Vega is the second Lobos player suspended in two days.

    On Monday, Davie announced that sophomore defensive back Devonta Tabannah has been suspended and won't play in Saturday's season-opening game against Southern.

    Davie said the suspension was for violating team rules, but he wouldn't elaborate.

    However, police told KRQE-TV that Tabannah was arrested Sunday in downtown Albuquerque on suspicion of drunken driving.

  • Seven vie to replace Selvage

    Seven Los Alamos county residents have submitted letters of interest in the council seat vacated by Ron Selvage earlier this month. They are Edward Birnbaum, John Bliss, Stephen Boerigter, Andrea Cunningham, Phillip Kunsberg, Ralph Phelps and Rick Reiss.

    Council will hold a special session at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 to select a replacement. The successful candidate will hold the seat for the remainder of Selvage’s term, which expires Dec. 13, 2014.

    Follow the Los Alamos Monitor for more on the candidates.

  • Locals, Tourists in La. Bunker Down for Isaac
  • Thank You 08-28-12

    The 2012 Los Alamos Master Gardeners’ Tour welcomed more than 200 visitors to each of five private gardens and more than 100 visitors to the Community Gardens on North Mesa.
    The Master Gardeners thank the garden owners Tony and Shelby Redondo, Martha and Terry Hawkins, Delbert and Shirley Harbur, Pamela and Michael Hundley and Bob and Laurie Walker for sharing their gardens with the community.
    We thank fellow master gardeners, Kimberli Tanner, Barbara Fox and Lee Builta for sharing their gardening expertise as visitors toured the Community Gardens.
    The Los Alamos Extension Office and extension agent Carlos Valdez, provided logistic support. The Los Alamos Monitor, Los Alamos National Bank and the Los Alamos Senior volunteers helped with publicity.
    Master gardeners who served on the garden selection committee and who worked as docents on the tour contributed many hours to the success of this tour.  

    Denise George
    president Los Alamos Master Gardeners

  • Be There 08-28-12

    Wednesday
    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will hold a FAN Club from 5:30-7 p.m. for Los Alamos Visiting Nurses, at 2202 Canyon Road.

  • Eagle lands at Piñon Elementary

    Piñon Panther alumni Dallin Stokes has almost completed his Eagle Scout project for Piñon Elementary School. The Los Alamos High School junior worked on behalf of Scout Troop 422. Stokes is quick to praise community members for their  assistance with the project including Lynne Compton at Metzgers who helped to acquire the paint; Piñon personnel; his mother; dedicated mentor and guide Garth Tietjen.
    “Dallin is a wonderful example of a proud Piñon alumnus who is giving back,” said Piñon Principal Jill Gonzales. “Dallin took careful measurements, created scale drawings and meticulously painted each of the 48 contiguous states in a variety of colors — the final product of which looks absolutely wonderful!”
    Stokes hopes to receive a degree in history education at Brigham Young
    University in the future and teach high school or college history.

  • Assets in Action: Be intentional when building assets

    Next week, we begin to focus on an asset of the week, to ensure another year of relationship building.
    This year, I feel like we need a slogan. I won’t give up the ones we already use which are, “Healthy Community, Healthy Youth,” or “Take A Second, Make A Difference.”
    Sometimes I feel like we need something to rally the troops, something to ignite the little fire that makes you want to get something done.
    When we think of asset building, we need to be intentional in our efforts.
    It doesn’t matter if it is eye contact in passing, a friendly nod or an actual conversation, just be aware.
    This is the chance to give students a second chance and help them get on the good path.
    This charge if you will, extends to parents, caregivers, coaches, teachers, staff, neighbors and anyone that associates with kids.
    The work I do isn’t just for those that are in school, it is for anyone interested in building a better community.
    I do tend to focus a lot of working with the schools, but mainly because they are a captive audience.
    I can also work with scouts, church youth groups or whatever adults are open to sharing a few minutes to see how they can do better.

  • Sapphire Energy starts up algae plant in New Mexico

    COLUMBUS (AP) — Sapphire Energy says operations are now under way at its algae biomass plant in southern New Mexico.
    The California-based company made the announcement Monday. Construction on the $135 million demonstration plant in Columbus began in 2011, and the first batch of algae was harvested in June.
    Sapphire officials say they have harvested a total of 81 tons of algae biomass.
    Sapphire’s plant will be capable of producing 100 barrels of crude algal oil per day by the end of 2014. The plant will eventually consist of about 300 acres of cultivation ponds and processing areas.
    The project was funded with $85 million in private investment backed by a federal loan guarantee and a $50 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
    Sapphire officials say the amount of biomass produced so far has exceeded their initial projections.

  • State Briefs 08-28-12

    NM universities may get state’s supercomputer

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The state’s $11 million supercomputer could be transferred to New Mexico’s three research universities.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the transfer is pending a plan that would allow the universities to run it in a way that’s economically feasible and without additional cost to taxpayers.
    State Information Technology Secretary Darryl Ackley told the Journal he expects to see a joint proposal from the universities within a couple of weeks.
    “I’ve told the universities I would certainly entertain that option if they do a proposal, but there can’t be a budget increase,” Ackley said. “I need something that shows they can take it on and sustain it.”
    The decision whether to sell the supercomputer to private bidders or turn it over to the universities will depend on the best return for the state, which paid $11 million in 2008 to buy the machine. It’s no longer in the top 100 fastest in the world, its hardware is showing some age and its market value has slipped to a few hundred thousand dollars — even though it can do 172 trillion calculations per second.