Today's News

  • YCC crews make a difference

    Ah, summer vacation, the time for lounging in the air-conditioned living room, sipping iced tea and playing computer games.
    But this scene isn’t what summer is like for 22 young men and women on The Family YMCA’s Youth Conservation Corps crew. Their days are filled with wilting heat, unquenchable thirst, dirt, heavy tools and plenty of sweat.
    Since June 1, the YCC has worked through hot, dry and smoky days to make needed improvements to the Los Alamos Trail Network. The physical and mental nature of the work has surprised some.
    “Building a trail is much harder than I expected, but it is also much more enjoyable than I thought it would be,” first-year crew member Maria Musgrave said.

  • State Briefs 08-10-11

    Jury finds man guilty in Texas teen’s death

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — A federal jury in Las Cruces has returned a guilty verdict against a man who kidnapped and killed a Texas teenager in 2005. The U.S. Attorney’s office says 32-year-old Larry Lujan faces the death penalty or life in prison without the chance of parole.
    Prosecutors said Lujan kidnapped 16-year-old Dana Joseph Grauke Jr., in San Antonio, Texas, and took him to Anthony, N.M., where Grauke was nearly beheaded with a meat cleaver and dumped in a south county irrigation canal.
    The jury heard closing statements Tuesday morning and deliberated for about 2 1/2 hours before returning the guilty verdict.

  • Watchdog group sues EPA

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A watchdog group is suing the Environmental Protection Agency over access to documents related to groundwater monitoring wells at a landfill on federal property in New Mexico.
    Citizen Action’s lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court, accuses the EPA of violating the Freedom of Information Act by keeping secret some documents and work papers that are believed to address whether the wells at Sandia National Laboratories’ mixed waste landfill were effectively managed.
    Dave McCoy, the group’s executive director, said the lawsuit covers documents sought as part of a series of record requests that date back to 2007.

  • Correction 08-10-11

    In Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor, it was incorrectly listed that a Board of Public Utilities Meeting was scheduled this evening. The BPU meeting is next Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at the DPU Conference Room, 170 Central Park Square

  • Power outages in WR, LA

    Officials at the Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities reported that a possible animal contact and a faulty fuse caused two power outages Sunday and Monday in the same White Rock neighborhood.
    The first outage occurred on Sunday night from 9:25 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. when an overhead fuse was discovered blown, a condition typically caused by an animal contact. The second power outage, on Monday from 1:20 p.m. – 2:10 p.m., was caused at the same overhead location.
    Electric linemen on the scene determined that the replacement fuse was flawed.  Approximately 200 customers were affected on Rover, Kendall Dr., Koleen Ct, Kimberley Lane, Jeffrey St., Kris Court, Paul Place, Todd Loop, and Glennview St.

  • Two LANL meetings scheduled

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory will hold two public meetings in the next six days.
    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. This meeting was originally scheduled for June 27 but was postponed because of the Las Conchas Fire.
    LANL will submit a request to the New  Mexico Environment Department to operate a transuranic waste container storage facility at Technical Area 63. The facility would replace current storage facilities at TA-54. The meeting will describe the planned facility and the permit modification system.

  • BAER update for Wednesday

    Private property owners in Peralta Canyon, Canon del Norte, and on Cochiti Mesa are being allowed to return to their property, beginning August 6. A non-transferable pass is required. The general public will not be allowed within the burned area. Only the property owners mentioned above will have access.
    Several sections of the burned area are flooding as the monsoon rains continue. Crews are felling hazard trees along FR 280 and FR 281 and constructing silt dams to mitigate the flood erosion in that area. Road repair work will be completed throughout the rest of the week. Cultural assessments continue throughout the burned area.

  • Sauer named Chemistry, Life and Earth Sciences associate director

    Nancy (“Nan”) Sauer has been named associate director for Chemistry, Life, and Earth Sciences (ADCLES) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
    In her 25-year career at LANL, Sauer has held several positions of increasing responsibility.  After working as a director’s postdoctoral fellow, she advanced to a principal investigator and team leader in the Chemistry Division to leader of several projects. Most recently she has been the director of the LANL Institutes Office from its inception, responsible for oversight and strategic engagement of six institutes and three innovation centers.

  • 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.


     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.