Today's News

  • Justice Center achieves LEED gold certification

    Utilizing energy-efficient systems such as a heat-reflecting roof and high-efficiency mechanical systems, the Los Alamos County Justice Center has achieved a LEED Gold certification through the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
    “Achieving LEED gold for a justice complex required a delicate balance of advanced security features and energy efficient features. The entire team did a great job achieving the project’s security and sustainability goals,” said HB Construction President and CEO Jason W. Harrington.
    The facility has a number of energy efficient features including an improved thermal building envelope, high-efficiency glazing, an overhang shading system, high-efficiency mechanical systems, a rainwater drip irrigation system and a reflective roofing system.
    During construction, the use of recycled and regional materials, the development of a storm water pollution prevention plan and use of a waste landfill diversion program which diverted 76.59 percent, 657.9 tons, of on-site generated construction waste from landfills, all contributed to the facility’s LEED Gold rating.
    Completed in 2010, the $17.7 million, 44,000-square-foot Los Alamos County Justice Center houses the security, law enforcement and courthouse components of the county government.

  • School board votes on gas line issue
  • Neal to volunteer soccer skills at Tennessee

    It’s good to be connected.

    It certainly was for Amy Neal, the star player on the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team, as she was trying to figure out where she might attend college next season.

    Neal, the two-time Player of the Year in Class 4A, will attend and play for the University of Tennessee next season.

    She made her decision during the off-season, saying she was glad to get it out of the way before the start of her senior year with the Hilltoppers.

    Although she was impressed with the Tennessee women’s soccer team, she’s rather underwhelmed by the school’s overall lack of fashion sense.

    “They have this really gross orange color,” Neal said. “But they have a nice program and they support their teams really well.”

    When she begins her collegiate career in 2013, she will be the third Neal sibling to play college-level soccer. Big brother Avery played at Pacific University and her older sister Kelsey is currently at the Colorado School of Mines.

    Amy considered joining Kelsey at CSM, but changed her mind and selected the Division-I school in Knoxville.

  • Burgess dissolves CIP

    County Administrator Harry Burgess met with the Capital Improvements Project committee on Thursday to thank them for their hard work and announce his decision to dissolve the committee until such time as additional funds become available for capital improvements projects. For more details, read Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

    Monitor staff report

  • Smart House art has Japanese theme

    The Art in Public Places Advisory Board (APPAB) rose to a challenge the Department of Public Utilities staff presented them with two months ago: provide art for the Smart House project before the Sept. 17 ribbon-cutting ceremony.

    The Smart House is a component of the $52 million Demonstration Smart Grid Project, the collaboration between Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos County.

    DPU asked the board to select art with a Japanese theme to symbolize the partnership Japan and Los Alamos have formed in an effort to provide worldwide energy solutions for the future.

    With the restricted time frame, commissioning artwork was out of the question. Chair Carolyn Bossert and board member Ken Nebel took on the challenge of finding suitable art.

    The pair first toured the Smart House to see what space was available. The main challenge they encountered was the amount of light: too much for many delicate pieces.

    Bossert credits Nebel, who also directs the Fuller Lodge Arts Center, with searching out pieces to present to the board.

  • White Rock committee selects Civic Center option

    At its Aug. 13 meeting, the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Advisory Committee (WRMPIAC) voted unanimously to approve Scenario B for the White Rock Civic Center Phase 2 CIP project.

    Scenario B retains the existing Town Hall building.

    The Los Alamos County Council rejected the committee’s initial proposal for a $16 million visitor center complex, which would have consolidated the library, senior center, youth activity center and communal space under one roof.

    Council instead allocated $8,400,000 remaining in the White Rock Master Plan placeholder and directed the WRMPIC to return in six weeks with options for separating the civic center components and reducing the project’s scope.

    On July 10, council approved a revised plan, which calls for renovating the existing civic center complex and building a new library. The civic center renovation had two options. Option A would have demolished the town hall to provide additional parking. Council directed the committee to decide on an option.

  • Church Listings 08-24-12

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. Summer worship at 9 a.m., fellowship with refreshments following at 10:15 a.m. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided.  All are welcome. Come join the Family.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

    The Christian Church

  • 2012 High Holidays at the Jewish Center

    The Los Alamos Jewish Center community welcomes a guest for this year’s High Holiday season, Rabbi Melissa Klein. Klein will not only officiate religious services, but will also lead community events that weave together traditional high holiday values with the theme, “Generation to Generation.”
    Longtime Los Alamos rabbi Jack Shlachter was invited to lead services at a synagogue in Vienna, Austria. His acceptance of the invitation prompted the LAJC to engage Klein.
    Klein, of Philadelphia, is one of Los Alamos’ own — she was raised in Los Alamos and the Jewish Center was a second home to her.  
    She offered her first sermon to the community when she was a teenager. During her early 20s, she returned for two summers, and later she co-organized and helped lead High Holidays.  
    Klein’s parents, Morris and Susan, who plan to join the community for Yom Kippur, lived in Los Alamos from 1969-1999, before moving to Washington, D.C. Morris served as president of the Jewish Center and Susan was an active volunteer, organizing many Ghost Ranch retreats for the community over the years.  

  • Pet talk: Protecting horses from West Nile

    The West Nile Virus cases in humans and horses have been on the rise in 2012, and, according to the CDC, human cases are at their highest levels since West Nile Virus was first detected in the United States in 1999.
    Dr. Tracy Norman, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) Large Animal Clinic, suggests protecting horses by vaccinating against the disease and taking measures to prevent mosquito bites.
    The virus is transmitted by mosquitoes from avian hosts to humans and horses. Both humans and horses are considered “dead-end” hosts of West Nile Virus, which means it is not contagious from horse to horse or horse to human.
    If bitten by an infectious mosquito, the virus can multiply in the blood system, cross the blood brain barrier, and infect the brain. There, it can cause inflammation of the brain, interfering with central nervous system functions.
    Most horses infected with the virus do not exhibit signs of the disease. For those that do, however, symptoms are similar to other neurologic diseases and can include impairment of basic motor skills (including loss of coordination or asymmetrical weakness, a change in behavior, or drowsiness.

  • Time to 'turn it up'

    I always find it amusing when my students are surprised to discover that I know the name of the singer or group of their current favorite songs.  Older people aren’t supposed to even know that modern music exists.
     Of course, they’re not always all that far off the mark about what my generation does or does not know.  Sure, most people know who Lady Gag Gag is (hard to miss her in her jewel studded underwear at baseball games), but it’s probably safe to say that most people over 50 wouldn’t recognize names like Avenged Sevenfold, Maroon 5, Drake, Linkin Park, Radiohead, Lil Wayne, Pitbull, Coldplay, Black Eyed Peas, or Foster the People.
    Actually, there’s a lot of good music out there, but you don’t generally hear it on the radio.  As teenagers plug themselves into their iPods and bob their heads to solid walls of sound (all bow to “Benny and the Jets!)”, many of their songs are not mainstream.  Despite what Billboard or MTV award ceremonies would lead you to believe, some groups out there do know how to make music.