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  • Today in history May 30
  • State Briefs 5-29-15

    Martinez announces 20 percent jump in math, science ed funds

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has announced a 20 percent increase in funding aimed at bringing math and science teachers to schools in rural and impoverished areas.
    Martinez told a group of math and science teachers on Friday in Albuquerque that the state now is providing $2.4 million for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math program, or STEM.
    The extra money will provide professional development for teachers in rural and low-income schools.
    Overall funding provides $5,000 stipends to recruit and retain math and science teachers in rural and underserved areas.
    Martinez said better math and science teachers will help New Mexico’s children compete for high-tech jobs in the future.

    New Mexico reports its first case of West Nile virus in 2015

  • A Token of Thanks

    School board member Jim Hall awards outgoing assistant superintendent Gerry Washburn a plaque for his years of service earlier this week.

  • Police Beat 5-29-15

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    May 21
    5:57 p.m. — A 44-year-old man was reported by police to be the victim of car burglary on N.M. 4.

    May 22
    10:30 a.m. — Mitchell Daly, 28, of Los Alamos was arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked license at the 1000 block of Central Avenue.

    2:20 p.m. — A 13-year-old Los Alamos girl was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) in the 2000 block of Canyon Road.

    4:30 p.m. — A 16-year-old Los Alamos boy was arrested for battery upon a police officer at 20th Street and Central Avenue.

    May 23
    12:08 p.m. — A 50-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police her vehicle was hit while it was unattended on North Mesa Road.

    2:28 p.m. — Nathan McDowell, 43, of Los Alamos was arrested for hitting an unattended vehicle with his car in the 600 block of North Mesa Road.

  • More rain is expected in soaked areas

    HOUSTON (AP) — Floodwaters submerged Texas highways and threatened more homes Friday after another round of heavy rain added to the damage inflicted by storms that have killed at least 20 people and left 14 missing.
    The line of thunderstorms that stalled over Dallas dropped as much as 7 more inches overnight. The rain seeped into homes and stranded hundreds of drivers, many of whom lingered along highways that were nearly gridlocked from the high water and abandoned vehicles.
    Fire rescue crews responded to about 260 calls that included trapped vehicles and accidents, authorities said.
    The Colorado River in Wharton and the Brazos and San Jacinto rivers near Houston were the main focus of concern as floodwaters moved from North and Central Texas downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico.
    Meanwhile, the death toll rose as teams searched through debris piled along rivers. Bodies found on Thursday raised the confirmed death toll to at least 24, including storm victims from Oklahoma.
    The Brazos River, which had been receding, rose above flood stage again Friday in Parker County, west of Fort Worth, and was expected to climb higher with the planned opening of the flood gates at Possum Kingdom Lake upstream. People in about 250 homes near the river were asked to voluntarily evacuate.

  • Cuba removed from U.S. terror blacklist

    HAVANA (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday formally removed Cuba from a U.S. terrorism blacklist, a decision hailed in Cuba as the healing of a decades-old wound and an important step toward normalizing relations between the Cold War foes.
     Secretary of State John Kerry signed off on rescinding Cuba’s “state sponsor of terrorism” designation exactly 45 days after the Obama administration informed Congress of its intent to do so on April 14. Lawmakers had that amount of time to weigh in and try to block the move, but did not do so.
    “The 45-day congressional pre-notification period has expired, and the secretary of state has made the final decision to rescind Cuba’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism, effective today, May 29, 2015,” the State Department said in a statement. “While the United States has significant concerns and disagreements with a wide range of Cuba’s policies and actions, these fall outside the criteria relevant to the rescission of a state sponsor of terrorism designation,” the statement said.

  • Update 5-29-15

    National Park

    A public meeting and reception for the field team for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park is scheduled for Tuesday. It will take place at Fuller Lodge starting at 5 p.m. Representatives from the Department of Energy and National Park Service will be on-hand for a three-day site visit.

    School board

    A regular Los Alamos School Board meeting is scheduled for June 9. The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. at the board room.

    Music

    Music professor Marcos Cavalcante will play at Ashley Pond Tuesday. The event, which will start at 7 p.m., is part of the Tuesdays at the Pond. The event is free.

    Farmers market

    The Los Alamos Cooperative Market will have its weekly farmers market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in front of its store on Entrada Drive.

    Wetlands

    A talk on the Ashley Pond Wetlands will be presented Monday by Dick McIntyre, former county Parks Division Manager. McIntyre led the design team for the Ashley Pond renovations. The public is invited to attend the program sponsored by the Summit Garden Club. Attendees are asked to meet at the covered stage at 1:30 p.m. Afterward, the club will hold its business meeting.

    History program

  • Scientists track flu virus on Wikipedia

    Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have the ability to forecast the upcoming flu season and other infectious diseases by analyzing views of Wikipedia articles.
    “The ability to more accurately forecast the flu season and other infectious diseases will transform the way health departments prepare for and respond to epidemics, ultimately saving lives,” scientist Sara Del Valle said.
    Del Valle and her team recently published  “Forecasting the 2013-2014 Influenza Season using Wikipedia,” in the Public Library of Science.
    “Infectious diseases are one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality around the world. Because of this, forecasting their impact is crucial for planning an effective response strategy,” Del Valle said.
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seasonal influenza effects up to 20 percent of people in the United States and causes major economic impacts resulting from hospitalization and absenteeism.

  • Woman sentenced in hotel incident

    A 30-year-old Los Alamos woman was sentenced recently for her part in a February altercation with police officers, where the woman, Rebecca Meagan Redondo, and another man, Samuel J. Nasise, fought with officers and allegedly attempted to grab at items on the officers’ utility belts during the fight.
    The sentencing was Wednesday in Magistrate Court.
    According to documents, police responded to a domestic dispute at the Comfort Inn Hotel in Los Alamos one night in late February.
    According to police reports, when officers inquired and the couple opened their hotel room door, a fight ensued between one of the officers and Nasise.
    Redondo tried to join in, but was held back by one of the officers.
    As the fight between Nasise and the officer escalated, the officer detaining Redondo went to help, and that’s when Redondo joined in the fight.
    As a result of the altercation, Redondo was charged with two counts of battery upon a police officer, two counts of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer and one count of disorderly conduct.
    In a plea bargain worked out between Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist and Redondo’s defense attorney, David M. Chacon, charges in the case were significantly reduced.

  • DOE will report on LANS LLC

    Following a series of electrical accidents, the U.S. Department of Energy has ordered two separate investigations of the contractor that manages the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Energy Department will review potential violations by the Los Alamos National Security LLC.
    A federal Accident Investigation Board will also examine several incidents at the nuclear weapons research facility, including a May 3 accident. One of those workers, Julian Trujillo, remains in the hospital in stable condition but severely burned.
    LANL spokesman Kevin Roark says the lab is working to strengthen its safety culture and will cooperate with the investigation.
    Since 2003, the lab has had at least 11 electrical incidents, some with injuries.