Today's News

  • ABCs of recycling – Los Alamos ‘doing it right’

    Did you know that if you can fit it in your recycling bin and close the lid, you can recycle your vacuum? Hair blowers, broken toys, cereal boxes and those cardboard six-pack cases can all be recycled in Los Alamos.
    That is thanks to Friedman Recycling in Albuquerque, the company that processes the county’s recycled materials.
    Citizens and board members learned some of the ins and outs of recycling from Friedman Sales Associate Mike Smith at the Sept. 17 Environmental Sustainability Board meeting.
    Friedman, which also has facilities in Phoenix, Tucson and El Paso, has a state-of-the art, 90,000-square-foot facility with enough capacity to “literally recycle anything the State of New Mexico can generate.” According to Smith, it is the only recycling center of its kind in the state.
    Friedman is processing approximately 5,000 tons of recycling a month. Under normal conditions, operators can run 30 tons an hour through that facility.
    The company employs between 45 and 75 people – depending on demand – who operate the machines and also hand sort the recycling at various stages.
    Smith illustrated the workings of the recycling apparatus and explained how the wrong material can literally clog the machinery.

  • LA. wine patron arrested on charge of indecent exposure

    On Sept. 9, police responded to a disturbance call at Unquarked, a wine tasting establishment in Central Park Square. There, they observed Ryan Barnes, 37, outside the business. A talk with the owner revealed that Barnes had allegedly been disruptive while inside Unquarked, and was asked several times to leave.
    When he did leave, he allegedly dropped his pants in full view of the window, exposing his genitals to the store’s owner and the patrons inside the store. Upon making contact with Barnes, police said he was extremely intoxicated.
    Barnes was charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct. He was also trespassed from the business, though Barnes allegedly refused to sign the trespass order.

  • PEEC leads CWH effort

    A team of Pajarito Environmental Education Center volunteers has been working to designate Los Alamos as the first certified Community Wildlife Habitat in New Mexico. To date, the community consists of 126 backyards, four common areas and three educational organizations certified as Wildlife Habitats by the National Wildlife Federation.
    Los Alamos’ Community Wildlife Habitat certification is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.
    The certification process began Dec. 19, 2013, thanks to the efforts of the team of volunteers, which included Selvi Viswanathan, Michele Altherr, Hedy Dunn, Hari Viswanathan, Bob Walker, Yvonne Keller, Laura Loy and Linda Boncella.
    Since then, the team helped certify the Los Alamos Nature Center, encourage more residents and businesses to obtain a wildlife habitat certification, and worked to inform the community about the benefits of the certification for residents and the community.
    “We are hoping to have Los Alamos recognized as the first Community Wildlife Habitat in New Mexico, which reflects our commitment on the county level to rehabilitate and protect our natural scenic resources,” Walker said.
    Viswanathan’s home in Barranca Mesa is a certified habitat, as well as the Los Alamos Co-op Market.

  • Public Works projects upcoming in Los Alamos

    Note: For more information about the projects listed below, please email lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us. Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. Please note the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.
    Western Area Improvements Phase 3:
    Major roadway and utility work on all streets is now substantially complete. Remaining work including sidewalks and small drainage improvements, landscaping, cleanup and punch list items are scheduled for final completion by mid-October.
    20th Street/Fuller Lodge Improvements:
    The contractor plans to keep 20th Street north of the Deacon Street intersection to the parking lot across from the Teen Center closed through Thursday, Oct. 1. During this time there will be temporary closures and flagging operations on 20th Street to allow the contractor to install concrete collars around the existing manholes and water valves and for permanent stripping to be completed.
    The plan is to have all of the traffic control removed by the end of the day, Thursday, Oct. 1.

  • Los Alamos Historical Museum robbed Friday

    The Los Alamos Historical Museum was robbed about 3:30 p.m. Friday according to museum officials and police officers on the scene. Los Alamos Police Department Commander Oliver Morris said details will be released shortly with a description of the suspect, as well as other details. Museum officials had no comment on the robbery, but the museum plans to remain open.
    Police would not say what was taken from the museum, but police at the scene were taking fingerprints from the museum’s donation box.

  • New Mexico wildlife panel denies federal wolf permit appeal

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A showdown over the Mexican gray wolf left the federal government vowing Tuesday to move ahead with plans to recover the endangered species despite the refusal of state wildlife officials to issue permits allowing for the release of wolves in New Mexico.

    The New Mexico Game Commission denied an appeal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service during a packed meeting in Albuquerque.

    The move prompted a chorus of boos from the dozens of people in the audience who were holding signs that read "More wolves, less politics." No public comment on the matter was allowed.

    Officials with the Fish and Wildlife Service said they were disappointed with the outcome given that delaying releases could compromise the genetics of the wild population in New Mexico and Arizona.

    Sherry Barrett, coordinator of the Mexican wolf recovery program, did not address accusations that politics played a role in the state's decision but said her agency has a duty under federal law to help the species.

    "Our goal is recovery," she said after the meeting. "We still need to move forward with releases of wolves to address the genetic health of the population."

  • Glauber to be at LANL Tuesday

    Dr. Roy Glauber is in New Mexico visiting the University of New Mexico and giving a director’s colloquium Tuesday afternoon at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    The director’s colloquium is open only to badgeholders, so this reception will allow non-badgeholders to interact with Dr. Glauber and ask him questions.
    Glauber is the Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics, Emeritus at Harvard University.  He shared the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physics “for his contribution to the quantum theory of optical coherence.”
    His early childhood was spent with his parents, traversing the Midwest with his traveling salesman father and school-teacher mother.
    Eventually they settled back in New York City, and he attended the Bronx High School of Science.
    He developed an interest in astronomy and built a telescope that he lectured on and displayed at the 1939/1940 World’s Fair.
    In 1943, as a sophomore at Harvard, he was recruited to join the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos as part of the Army’s Special Engineer Detachment (SED).  It was John von Neumann who drove Glauber up the hill to Los Alamos from Santa Fe.  Dr. Glauber worked at Los Alamos for two years on the critical mass and on theoretical aspects of many experiments.  He was in group T-2 of the Theoretical Division led by Hans Bethe.

  • Coalition supports subcontractors' initiatives

    At its Sept. 11 meeting at Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities voted unanimously to support LANL (Los Alamos National Laboratory) Major Subcontractors Consortium initiatives that would help its members compete for Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration contracts.
    MSC Vice Chairman Jeff Lunsford delineated the challenges New Mexico’s subcontractors have faced since DOE instituted a centralized procurement system called the Supply Chain Management Center in 2006, which NNSA developed in an effort to lower the cost of procuring goods and services at DOE/NNSA facilities nationwide.
    MSC is comprised of Northern New Mexico businesses that hold LANL contracts valued at $5 million or more. MSC members have been heavily impacted by SCMC and are looking for ways to compete within that system.
    “In this world, we’re moving to national contracts. That’s what SCMC is about: fewer contractors, fewer bids, a lot of efficiencies to be gained,” Lunsford said.
    “The national focus is a challenge. We really believe it misses the point that each of these DOE and NNSA sites is a member of the community that they’re in, that the community has made tremendous investments in supporting these sites and their partners.”

  • Appeals court: No Brady case arguments before February

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York federal appeals court says February will be the earliest it will hear arguments in the NFL's appeal of the lifting of a four-game suspension of New England quarterback Tom Brady in the "Deflategate" controversy.

    The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that oral arguments could be heard as early as Feb. 1. The NFL and the NFL Players Association had agreed on the expedited timetable. Lawyers will submit written arguments prior to the oral arguments. Typically, a decision is not immediately rendered once arguments occur.

    On Sept. 3, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman ruled that the NFL did not act properly when it suspended Brady for four games after concluding balls were deflated when the Patriots beat the Indianapolis Colts in January's AFC championship game.

  • CEDD Director Anne Laurent leaving Los Alamos

    Park City, Utah Assistant City Manager Matthew Dias announced on Thursday that Los Alamos Community and Economic Development Department Director Anne Laurent has accepted a position as that city’s CommunityDevelopment Director.
    Laurent was named CEDD director in 2012 when County Manager Harry Burgess merged the Community Development Department and the Capital Projects & Facilities Department. She has been with the county seven years.
    "We're certainly going to miss her and wish her the best in her career advancement,” Burgess said.
    The Los Alamos Monitor was unable to reach Laurent for comment.