Today's News

  • Briefs 08-31-12

    Fewer weeks of jobless benefits to be offered

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Fewer weeks of unemployment benefits will soon be available to jobless New Mexicans and the Department of Workforce Solutions says it’s because of a change in federal law.
    A maximum of 54 weeks of unemployment compensation will be offered with claims effective Sept. 2. That’s down from 60 weeks currently.
    The department says New Mexicans eligible for 60 weeks of benefits before Sept. 2 can continue to receive payments for up to that amount of time during a phase-out period.
    The state pays for regular unemployment benefits for 26 weeks, and it’s up to the federal government to go beyond that. A federal law enacted earlier this year changed provisions that trigger extended benefits in a state.
    New Mexico’s unemployment payments range from $74 to $397 a week.

    Groups work to sign up new voters

    SANTA FE  (AP) — A coalition of nonprofits are banding together to get more New Mexicans registered to vote.

  • County posts Sunshine Page

    Los Alamos County has added a new “Sunshine” webpage to its county website.
    The Sunshine webpage addition is another step toward the county’s goal to build citizen trust by being open and transparent.
    The webpage makes more government documents available online and offers a more direct way to navigate to key documents that are already offered on the website.
    The new feature can be accessed by clicking on the sun icon on the home page, losalamosnm.us.
     Read the Los Alamos Monitor Wednesday for more information.

    From a press release

  • It's a Gas

    The kiosk for the new Smith’s Fueling Station went up this week. Smith’s Manager John Roberts said the target date for completion is Oct. 3.

  • Update 08-31-12

    No trash pick-up

    Los Alamos County will not pick up trash or recycling Monday in observance of Labor Day. Those who have a normal Monday pick-up should put their materials out Sept. 5.

    Library board

    Library Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the White Rock Branch Library.

    No court

    The Los Alamos Magistrate Court will not have a Judge for the week of Sept. 17-21 due to the annual Magistrate Judge’s conference. The court hours will be 8 a.m.-3 p.m. that week.

    Square dancing

     Square Dance Club will host a kick-off party with some basic square dance instruction, dancing and sloppy joes, salad, desserts and refreshments from 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    Grand opening

    The Los Alamos Democratic Party Headquarters grand opening is slated for noon-4 p.m. Sept. 3 at 140 Central Park Square.

  • LA researcher named ACS Fellow

    Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Kristin Omberg was named as an American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellow for her contributions to national security as a “technical leader in detecting and mitigating biological threats” and to the ACS community.

    Omberg is the acting division leader of the Decision Applications Division and the laboratory’s project leader for the Department of Homeland Security’s BioWatch Program. BioWatch is a detection system that monitors for potential airborne bioterror attacks.

    Her BioWatch team in the Decision Applications Division provides support for test evaluation, field sampling, event reconstruction and sample management system software. She also has been the principal investigator for research tracking biological agents in the environment.

    Omberg holds a doctorate in chemistry and a doctoral certificate in public policy analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She began her career at LANL in 1995 as a graduate student in the Chemical Science and Technology Division and then became a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Materials Science and Technology Division in 1999. She moved to the Decision Applications Division in 2001.

  • Los Alamos provides HOPE for radiation belt storm probes

    Los Alamos National Laboratory expertise in radiation detection and shielding is poised to help a national team of scientists better understand a mysterious region that can create hazardous space weather near our home planet.

    The Helium Oxygen Proton Electron analyzer is one of a suite of instruments that was successfully launched Thursday as part of the Radiation Belt Storm Probe mission — an effort by NASA and the Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory to gain insight into the sun’s influence on Earth and near-Earth space by studying the planet’s radiation belt.

    The radiation belt — also known as the Van Allen belt in honor of its discoverer, James Van Allen — is a donut-shaped soup of charged particles that surrounds Earth and occupies the inner region of our planet’s magnetosphere.

    The outer region of the belt is comprised of extremely high-energy electrons, a shower of tiny, negatively charged bullets if you will, that can easily pierce the skin of spacecraft and knock out their electrical components.
    Because of these hazards, spacecraft routinely avoid the region.

  • DPU holds strategic planning workshop

    Department of Public Utilities (DPU) division managers stepped up their strategic planning process with a two-day workshop in mid-August.

    The planning session was an extension of DPU’s efforts to maximize performance throughout the department.

    “This rises from when Ralph Phelps was on the board,” DPU Manager John Arrowsmith said. “He felt we should adopt some type of nationally recognized system for process improvement or measuring performance.”

    The department decided to adopt the Baldrige criteria for Performance Excellence, a program designed to educate organizations in performance excellence management. The Baldrige Program is administered through Quality New Mexico.

    The DPU’s efforts to utilize the Baldrige system were recognized by Quality New Mexico in 2008, when the department received a Roadrunner Recognition award. The award is given to organizations that “demonstrate substantive progress in building sound and systematic processes and improving organizational outcomes.”

  • Accused child pornographer walks on legal technicality

    Accused child pornographer Jesse Arteaga is apparently a free man, thanks to a legal technicality that allowed him to walk out of the Los Alamos Detention Center July 6.

    According to officials at the Los Alamos Police Department, the orders came from the New Mexico Attorney General’s office and they released Arteaga.

    Arteaga was arrested June 13, 2011 on 55 counts of possession of videos and photographs depicting the sexual exploitation of children and one count of manufacturing.

    Shortly after his arrest, he pleaded incompetence due to mental illness and was sent to the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute to be evaluated.

    “That put the case against him in a holding pattern, because under the rules of competency, we can’t proceed on the case until that issue was resolved,” said Phil Cisneros, director of communications for the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office.

    After spending several months at NMBHI, he was then returned the detention center in Los Alamos.

    “At that point we had to file a motion to dismiss the matter as a formality, mainly because we could not indict him within the mandatory 10-day period,” Cisneros said.

    “Where that leaves it now is that the cases is still pending.”

  • Church Listings 08-31-12

    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

  • Bible Answers: Living in the moment vs. planning for the future

    “I’m confused.  Should I make plans for the future or should I just live today and trust God for tomorrow?” — Anne

    The simple answer is “Yes!” Today is all you have, so make the most of every opportunity to live, love, learn, serve, share, celebrate, work well and play freely.
    Little is gained by worrying excessively about a tomorrow that you cannot control (Matt. 6:25, 34).
    At the same time, life in this world requires (for most of us, at least) that we prepare for the future, planning for our education and career, saving some money and investing wisely and setting something aside for later years of life.
    Our plans may and often do change and change presents challenges of its own, but some kind of plan is typically better than no plan at all.
    The question goes beyond simply whether or not we have a plan, however. The issue also involves matters of attitude and faith. James warns against making plans in a cocky, cavalier fashion (James 4:13-16).
    We are not told in this text to give up our plans and live only for today, but we are reminded that we neither know the future nor control the length of our days. Thus, we should face the future with a little humility and a lot of faith.  James enjoins us to seek the will of the One who holds the future.