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Today's News

  • News for Retirees 07-22-12

    July 22-28
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken parmesan pasta
    7 p.m.    Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    No low/vision/hearing group
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Baked ham
    1:30 p.m.    Friends meeting
    7 p.m.    Bridge

  • Star Party at PEEC

    Pajarito Environmental Education Center will offer a special, late-night Summer Family Evenings Star Party, starting at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. The program is free and open to the public and no registration is required. The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is located at 3540 Orange St., behind the high school. PEEC will have several telescopes available so participants can view different objects.

  • Grant helps anime-inspired artist

    After what seems to be a busy summer, Los Alamos High School senior Leia Roach, of Mush Crafts is getting down to business.
    The anime-inspired artist has built a business around her SPARK, creating jewelry and plush animals, made specifically for her clients.  
    “Last year, I started making plushes with my friend and we thought people would enjoy them,” Roach said.
    The idea drove her to etsy.com/shop/.mushcrafts, which allows her to sell to online shoppers, looking for a gift.
    Mush Crafts jewelry starts out as a hand-drawn piece of art. Roach is happy to take suggestions from customers and create custom orders, during the creative process.

  • Inventory methods probed

    Apparently, there has been some problem keeping track of storage drums at Area G.

    Last month, Los Alamos National Laboratory management discovered a significant breakdown in inventory control and material at risk (MAR) for several locations in Area G.

    The news came to light in a weekly memo the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board receives from its on-site representatives.

    According to the memo, the facility uses a software database to track the physical location of transuranic waste inventory and to protect TSR-level MAR limits for defined areas and facilities inside Area G.

  • Clock ticks down

    Time is running out for the current incarnation of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

    When the 89,000-acre preserve was created in 2000, it was placed under the management of the Valles Caldera Trust, which was charged with achieving financial self-sufficiency by 2015, with a potential extension to 2020.

    At this point, the consensus is that the preserve is unlikely to reach that goal.

  • State Homeland Security to ‘beef up’ local analysis

    Gregory A. Myers an official with the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency, recently made an appearance at a local luncheon hosted by the Los Alamos Public Safety Association.

    Myers, who is the agency’s incoming cabinet secretary, said in an interview after the luncheon he’d like to concentrate on building up his agency’s analysis capabilities.

    “I’m not saying New Mexico has a problem there, but analysis is something no one is really looking at,” he said.
    Myers aid his priority will be to retrain people at the agency in techniques used by the FBI, CIA and other federal agencies

  • Pojoaque Valley grad escapes massacre

    A New Mexico woman who recently moved to Denver is among the wounded in the movie theater mass shooting in Colorado.

    Albuquerque TV station KRQE-TV says shrapnel punctured one of Patricia Legarreta’s legs.

    She and fiance Jamie Rohrs and their two small children were in Aurora at the midnight premiere of the new Batman movie.

    Rohrs is a University of New Mexico graduate and a 2005 graduate of Pojoaque Valley High School.

    The couple was going to sit in the theater’s front row, but instead sat in the second-floor balcony with their infant son and 4-year-old daughter.

  • Update 07-22-12

    Presentation

    Presentations on recovery efforts in Haiti will be given at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. A free-will offering will be taken to support the 2012 Carter Work Project and continued rebuilding in Haiti.  Refreshments will be provided.

    P&Z meeting

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    National Parks Night

  • Cone Zone 07-22-12

    Pavement Preservation Program
    Crews will be working to finish on Donna, and then moving to Aragon west of Rover, and Azure. Flyers will be distributed 48 hours in advance of work beginning in the immediate area. Once construction gets to your area, please ensure that all vehicles are parked off-street.
    Other White Rock streets included in this year’s program include Canada Way, Barcelona, Rover from Carlsbad to Grand Canyon, and possibly Shirlane. In Los Alamos — Range Road and North Mesa Road from Hawk Drive to just east of the Posse Lodge. If you live on any of these streets, watch for your 48-hour notice.

    Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 1

  • Fuel spill threatens Abq. water supply

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Environmentalists call it the largest threat to a city’s drinking water supply in history, as much as 24 million gallons of jet fuel - or twice the size of the Exxon Valdez oil spill - seeping into an underground aquifer and steadily toward this drought-stricken city’s largest and most pristine water wells.