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Today's News

  • Potential key to unlock biomass energy discovered

    Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory and Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center have found a potential key for unlocking the energy potential from non-edible biomass materials such as corn leaves and stalks, or switch grass.

    In a paper appearing in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Los Alamos researchers S. Gnanakaran, Giovanni Bellesia, and Paul Langan join Shishir Chundawat and Bruce Dale of Michigan State University, and collaborators from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center in describing a potential pretreatment method that can make plant cellulose five times more digestible by enzymes that convert it into ethanol, a useful biofuel.

  • DPU head: Staff really 'stepped up' during fire

    John Arrowsmith reported on Department of Public Utilities (DPU) activities during the Las Conchas fire at the Board of Public Utilities meeting Wednesday.

    “I wanted to recognize the staff, because a lot of them just really stepped up during the fire,” Arrowsmith said.

    “Some of the longest hours were put in by our people at the 311 Center,” Arrowsmith said. “The entire staff, assisted by administrative employees, worked routinely 14-hour days, staying open from eight in the morning until 10 at night. They fielded over 3,200 calls. The center was open 24 hours on the day the town reopened.”

  • BAER Releases Fire Summary

    Officials with the Burned Area Emergency Response team released their initial assessments of the damage caused by the Las Conchas wildfire that took nearly a month to bring under control. While the fire was more destructive to some areas than others, the BAER team reports that overall damage is significant. Here is the initial assessment in full and unedited:

    The Las Conchas fire started June 26. The fire is located on portions of the Espanola, Coyote, Jemez Districts of the Santa Fe National Forest, Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County, Valles Caldera National Preserve, Jemez Pueblo, Santo Domingo Pueblo, Santa Clara Pueblo, and numerous private in holdings.

  • Flood fears subside in LA, WR

    Rainfall intensity and duration are two things county planners cannot control. However, Public Works Director Kyle Zimmerman detailed what the county can and has controlled to route potential floodwaters away from the community.

    “We’re playing it very cautiously,” Zimmerman said Thursday afternoon. “In the townsite we’ve got one structure at risk – the ice rink – and we’ve armored it with a concrete barrier wall three layers tall to divert water toward the road and away from the structure.”

    Los Alamos County Emergency Management Coordinator Philmont Taylor worked with Zimmerman and other county officials from the Emergency Operations Center during the week of the Las Conchas Fire evacuation.

  • Topes Notes 07-22-11

    Isotopes win both ends of home doubleheader Thursday

  • Reedy is winner at Pace Race

    It was tough predicting at this week’s Pace Race and although a 42-second error usually isn’t close enough to win, it was this week.
    Bob Reedy not only finished with the top prediction error, he was a solid seven seconds better than runner-up Maddy Foley and 14 seconds better than Pauline Burnside.
    The Pace Race was Tuesday. It was run in Upper Bayo Canyon and North Mesa.
    The fastest finisher on the 1-mile course Tuesday was Marin Kelly, who completed the course in 10 minutes, 22 seconds. Bob Weeks finished in 16:16.
    On the 2-2/3 mile course, the top finishers were Alexander Romero (17:48) and Foley (27:18).
    In all, 24 runners and walkers took part this week.

  • Fishing report 07-22-11

    Got a fish tale to tell, or some photographic evidence to back it up?

    Then let the Los Alamos Monitor know! Submit your fish stories and photos to lasports@lamonitor.com. Then check out lamonitor.com and see if you made the trophy board!

    Northwest

    Animas River: The flow is 1,030 cfs. The river is starting to recede but still a bit muddy.  No fishing report this week but should have an idea on conditions next week.

  • City tournament opens Saturday

    The 64th annual City Championship golf tournament tees off Saturday morning at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The two-day tournament runs through Sunday, pairing some of the top players in the county. The 36-hole event gets going at 11 a.m. Saturday.
    The 2011 City tournament won’t have the same big participation numbers as did the 2010 event. Last year’s tournament attracted 103 players, which is the record in the event’s 63-year history.
    LAGC head professional Donnie Torres said the City tournament suffered from some schedule-shuffling. LAGC is scheduled to hold two big events in August, including the state women’s amateur championship, and was pushed up to this weekend.

  • Just A Wag 07-22-11

    Retired teacher tapes History Channel Show

    We hear that former Los Alamos teacher Petr Jandacek fly to New York City in June and was filmed as part of a documentary  about Otzi, the Neolithic iceman whose frozen remains were found in the early 1990s.

    Send us your wags

    “Just a wag” features initial snippets of news heard around town.  
    The wags may grow to larger stories or simply remain snippets, either way this is meant to spark interest and provide food for thought.
    E-mail wags to lanews@lamonitor.com.

  • Will teach pupils for pulp

    Being a teacher can be frustrating.  
    Meetings with parents after school, tutoring sessions, late nights and weekends spent preparing lessons, constructing tests, grading tests, getting really depressed over test grades – it’s all part of the job and as masochistic as it sounds, I love it.
    But there are things that do get you down. For instance, paper.  Yeah, those 8 1/2 by 11 inch flexible flash drives we use for kinesthetic education.  
    Maybe you remember these from before the computer age?
    You hold a stylus (called a pencil) in your hand and enter data (called writing) onto the information pad (called a piece of paper).