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Today's News

  • Update 08-10-11

    Public meeting

    At 5:30 tonight at Fuller Lodge, LANL will host an informational meeting regarding the Hazardous Waste Permit Modification Request for the planned Transuranic Waste Facility.

    DPU meeting

     The Board of Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 17 in the Department of Utilities conference room, 170 Central Park Square.

    Planning/Zoning

     The P&Z board will hold its regular meeting at 5:30 tonight in the council chambers. Topics include the site plan for Municipal Building and 2202 Canyon Road rezoning.

    LTAB meeting

     The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the chamber conference room, 109 Central Park Square.

  • Snyder leaves Los Alamos Site Office Deputy Manager post

    Following six years at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office, Roger Snyder leaves his post as LASO Deputy Manager to head the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest Site Office.
    PNSO is one of 10 laboratories within DOE’s Office of Science. Located in Richland, Wash., PNSO oversees and manages the contract for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

    “I have thoroughly enjoyed working for LASO and living in Los Alamos,” Snyder said. “I value my colleagues, many of whom I consider friends, on both the federal and contractor side. I know they will continue to successfully move the lab forward.

  • Keynote speaker living proof of 'The American Dream'

    Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, founder of Educational Achievement Services, Inc., began her keynote address at the Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) Back to School Staff Day by recounting a conversation she had with a woman from Los Alamos before she came.

    “She said, ’I read about your background, but I’m not quite sure what the connection would be between you and Los Alamos. We’re a different community than the one you come from.’ And I said to this person – who meant well – ‘Well, I know one thing that brings us together. I am the American Dream.’ And all of us who educate children, that’s what we look at: the American Dreams that come through our doors and wait for us to realize that dream.”

  • HAZMAT Challenge

    The Farmington Fire Department was the big winner at the annual HAZMAT Challenge held at TA 49 last week. Farmington won the technical events and the overall title. LANL was second overall, finishing fourth in the technical event. Los Alamos Fire Department Team No. 1 was sixth overall and seventh in the technical events while LAFD Team No. 2 finished 10th.

  • LAHS construction down to wire

    The clock is ticking on the Los Alamos High School construction project. School starts Monday and crews have been working feverishly to complete the work on an accelerated schedule.

    At the last school board meeting July 12, board members voted to use $86,000 in contingency funds to put construction crews on the accelerated schedule in hopes of completing the IMC and E Wing projects by Aug. 22. Crews fell behind schedule after the town evacuation due to the Las Conchas Fire the last week of June.

    David Wharram, the owner’s representative from the general contractor Gerald Martin said the work is going a lot faster and is coming along immensely.

  • Energy key to development

    “You couldn’t pick a better industry to concentrate on.”
    Energy was the topic for Jim Peach. His audience was the interim Economic and Rural Development Committee.
    The Aug. 2 meeting was in Grants at the Cibola County Convention Center, which doubles as the county office building. Or maybe the county offices double as the convention center. Unlike the committee’s July meeting in Santa Rosa, a sign on the door said the committee was inside.
    Peach spoke “from an economist’s perspective,” a good thing since he is a New Mexico State University economist. His focus was uranium, the appropriate emphasis given Grants’ location in the heart of the Grants Uranium Belt.

  • Fire column was flamingly arrogant

    We were shocked to read the self-righteous, condescending “ViewPoint” column written by Kathleene Parker in Sunday’s paper entitled “Understanding Fire Dynamics.”
    While Ms. Parker clearly has knowledge of the fire history of New Mexico, her writing suggests that this knowledge is purely academic, which is where the problems with her piece arise.
    She got off to a bad start by questioning when mountain homeowners will “get it.”  As mountain homeowners, we find that remark incredibly offensive. We all “got it.” We had cleared and thinned for years, and had large defensible spaces around our homes.  Our neighbors did too.

  • Topes Notes 08-10-11

    Offense comes up big as Isotopes rout Bees

    The Albuquerque Isotopes pounded out 21 hits Tuesday night to pick up the first win of their series against the Salt Lake City Bees.
    Trevor Hoffman went 5-for-5 with five RBI and eight of the nine Isotopes hitters in the game got at least two hits as the Isotopes won big, 19-6, at Isotopes Park.
    Albuquerque failed to score in just two at-bats Tuesday. It went up 6-2 after two innings and 8-3 after four innings before scoring eight runs in the bottom of the seventh.
    The Isotopes had 10 runs and 13 hits off Bees starter Matt Palmer (7-10, 7.37 ERA), who lasted just 4-1/3 innings.

  • NNMSMGA tournament results

    Reid Griffith of Los Alamos was among the top performers during Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association play.
    Griffith had a net score of 72 at Albuquerque Country Club Aug. 1,
    The NNMSMGA held a pair of tournaments last week, at the Albuquerque Country Club and at Twin Warriors Golf Course at Santa Ana Pueblo.
    Also from Los Alamos, Bob Quick finished with the low gross score in the first flight Aug. 1 and Spike Jones had the second low gross score in the second flight.

    Here are the results from the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association tournaments from Albuquerque Country Club and Twin Warriors Golf Club.

    Albuquerque Country Club,
    Aug. 1

    Championship flight

  • FBI: Sibling suspects captured in Colo.

    DENVER (AP) — The FBI is confirming that two men and a woman wanted for crimes in Florida and Georgia have been captured.

    FBI Special Agent Steve Emmett said Wednesday that the three Dougherty siblings are in custody in Colorado.

    Twenty-one-year-old Ryan Edward Dougherty, 26-year-old Dylan Dougherty Stanley and 29-year-old Lee Grace Dougherty were the target of a weeklong nationwide search.

    The Colorado State Patrol said the trio was captured near Walsenburg, in southern Colorado, after a short chase that ended in a crash.

    Trooper Richard Krantz said they were driving a car described in a reported sighting of the siblings in Colorado Springs on Tuesday.