Today's News

  • On the Docket 7-10-16

    June 29
    Ebrahem K. Faraq was found guilty at the time of traffic stop for speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must pay $65 in court costs.

    Thomas L. Eaton was found guilty at the time of traffic stop for speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must pay $65 in court costs.

    Deborah Lynn Apodaca was found guilty at the time of traffic stop for speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Amelia Martinez was found guilty at the time of traffic stop for speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must pay $65 in court costs.

    Nancy R. Nunnelley was found guilty at the time of traffic stop for speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must pay $65 in court costs.

    June 30
    Jeremy James Pollard was pled no contest in Los Alamos Magistrate Court to two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $376 in court costs. Defendant was also sentenced to 180 days of supervised probation.

  • News for Retirees July 10-16

    June 10-16
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart

    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    10-11 a.m.        LANB “Help with the
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Grilled Pork chop
    2–3 p.m.        LANB “Help with the
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m.         Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Salisbury Steak
    Noon        Medicare talk with
            John Lujan    
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge (Classroom)
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis

  • LANL students bring virtual reality to the Nature Center

    The technology of the future is now at your fingertips at the Los Alamos Nature Center with the new Oculus Rift virtual reality machine. Try out the machine at 7 p.m. July 19 at 7 p.m. as they push the boundaries of visualization technologies.
    HTC’s Vive and Oculus’ Rift are two up-and-coming programs that connect present and future in a single device.
    Imagine drifting among the stars from the comfort of a living room, exploring the ocean depths without having to come up for air, and exploring the human cell inside and out.
    No registration is required for this event, and admission is free.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.

  • Shelter Report 7-10-16

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    Waggs—A loving senior kitty that lost her home due to a family medical situation. This little tortie gal just wants to share her love with someone! Waggs has spent her entire life as an only cat, but with a bit of patience, Waggs could successfully integrate herself into an existing pride of cats. She does require solitude at mealtime, as she is submissive about her food bowl. Waggs is currently in foster care with Friends of the Shelter – call Mary at 505-470-6973 to meet her.

  • The tragedy of the commons, part two

    Guest Columnist, Los Alamos

  • Big Hat fire still burns in Valles Caldera

    The Big Hat fire in the Valles Caldera Preserve, is still burning strong and officials are hoping to keep it that way, they reported Friday.
    Park officials have turned the accidental fire that started June 22 into a managed burn. The fire is located in an area where a prescribed burn was planned this fall.
    Kimberly DeVall, the preserve’s chief of interpretation said there is no exact timeline as to when they will end the fire, which is being watched and managed by fire crews.
    “There is no timeline on it,” she said. “As long as conditions are favorable they are just going to watch it. If they do get some moisture in, they may try to do some more burn out,” she said.
    Fire officials reported the fire at 235 acres Friday afternoon. Boundaries were set at 831 acres. The burn was started by a lightning strike and discovered June 22.
    Until the fire is put out, Los Alamos County and Sandoval County residents can expect to smell and see occasional, light, plumes of smoke that may settle into low lying areas as the air cools.
    Residents that may have health concerns can call 1-888-878-8992 for more information.

  • Dawald named deputy chief

    The Los Alamos Fire Department named Battalion Chief Steven Dawald as deputy chief this week.
    Dawald joined the LAFD in 1998. During his career with the department he served as a driver engineer, captain, then as an operations battalion chief and battalion chief. He was promoted to deputy chief Tuesday.
    Dawald said he some short- and long-term goals for the position, but his immediate plans will be to first observe and become accustomed to his new role before introducing any changes.
    “The first step is to observe, and then look at some short-term and long-range goals to improve service, if need be,” he said.
    His overall strategy is to make sure things continue to run smoothly, and to maintain the standard set by previous deputy chiefs.
    “The biggest thing is, I just want to make sure everybody here has a safe and successful career. Much of that has to do is making sure we have a quality equipment, and that our cooperative agreement with the Los Alamos National Laboratory is sustained through good decisions and good performance,” he said. “Those are the things that are on the top of my list for both the long-term and short-term.”

  • LANL contract could be ‘nightmare scenario’

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities heard a presentation on Friday about aspects of Sandia National Laboratories’ upcoming contract that could influence the new contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    The Department of Energy anticipates issuing the LANL Request for Proposals (RFP) in 2017 and awarding the bid in 2018.
    Innovative Technology Partnerships, LLC, Principal Partner John P. Jekowski made the presentation. Jekowski also sits on the Regional Development Corporation board.
    According to Jekowski, the most important thing to monitor is a new push toward returning to a “public interest model” for lab contracts.
    “What that does is it swings the pendulum way over to a university-led or a nonprofit-led team going after the contract,” Jekowski said.
    DOE and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have been evaluating the success of the for profit contracts utilized in recent years.
    “I think it’s fair to say that most folks will reflect back on that and say DOE and NNSA have not seen the improvements that they thought they were going to by going to a for profit business model for managing the laboratories,” Jekowski said.

  • Dallas suspect amassed personal arsenal at suburban home

    DALLAS (AP) — An Army veteran killed by Dallas police after the sniper slayings of five officers amassed a personal arsenal at his suburban home, including bomb-making materials, bulletproof vests, rifles, ammunition and a journal of combat tactics, authorities said Friday.
    The man identified as 25-year-old Micah Johnson told authorities he was upset about the fatal police shootings of two black men earlier this week and wanted to exterminate whites, "especially white officers," officials said.
    He was killed by a robot-delivered bomb after the shootings, which marked the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In all, 12 officers were shot.
    In Georgia, Missouri and Tennessee, authorities said gun-wielding civilians also shot officers in individual attacks that came after the black men were killed in Louisiana and Minnesota. Two officers were wounded, one critically.
    President Barack Obama and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott asked for the public's prayers. In a letter posted online Friday, Abbott said "every life matters" and urged Texans to come together.
    "In the end," he wrote, "evil always fails."

  • Woodworking business gets startup help

    Vice President, Lending and Client Services, Accion