Today's News

  • New Mexico lawsuit puts state education system on trial

    SANTA FE (AP) — A lawsuit that could upend the way New Mexico's public schools are funded went to trial Monday to resolve accusations that the state is failing to meet constitutional obligations to provide essential educational opportunities to all students.

    Parents, school districts and advocacy groups say that New Mexico's education system isn't meeting its responsibilities for Native American students, low-income students and those learning English as a second language.

    "These failings are costing students the opportunity to succeed," said Marisa Bono, a lead attorney for the plaintiffs, in opening statements to the court. "The state is pumping hundreds of thousands of students into the state economy who are wholly unprepared for college or career."

    Education officials under Republican Gov. Susana Martinez say spending is more than adequate, and that the state has added specialized programs to help struggling students while holding teachers and school leaders more accountable for students' academic progress.

  • County to host a community bike ride Thursday

    More than 150 public transit systems and organizations are celebrating the 12th Annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday. Los Alamos County will take it one step further by asking its residents to Dump the Pump and Bike It, Walk It or Bus it. 

    The county will host a three-mile Community Ride. The ride was originally scheduled for Bike to Work Day on May 19, but was postponed due to snow. 

    “Dump the Pump Day” is another a way to celebrate bicycle transportation. 

    The ride will start at 11:30 a.m. from the Ashley Pond Pavilion.  Members of the Los Alamos Fire Department and Los Alamos Police Department bike patrols will lead the ride through town. 

    After the ride, free hot dogs, chips and refreshments will be served to the first 100 participants. 

    Staff and a bus from Atomic City Transit will be on site to demonstrate use of bus mounted bike racks along with information promoting safe cycling.

    A raffle will be held at the lunch time event for a 26th Roadmaster Mountain Bike that was donated by Wal-Mart, and adult bike helmets donated by the Los Alamos Heart Council. 

  • On the Docket 6-11-17

    April 11
    Apgar Stewart was found guilty of speeding 16 to 20 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was sentenced defensive driving school and must pay $65 in court costs. Sentence was deferred until July 11.

    Michelle Quartieri pleaded no contest to speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Sentence was deferred until July 11 and defendant must pay $65 in court costs.

    Sukriti Yadav was found guilty of failing to yield to the right-of-way, which caused an accident. Sentence was deferred until July 11 and defendant must pay $65 in court costs.

    Johann Leitner was found guilty through Citepay of failing to yield and/or stop at a traffic sign. Defendant was fined $50 and must pay $65 in court costs.

    Leonard Sandoval was found guilty of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was sentenced defensive driving school and must pay $65 in court costs. Sentence deferred until July 11.

    Marvin Gabaldon was found guilty of failing to display a valid registration plate, not owning a proper operator’s/chauffeur’s license and was penalized under the Mandatory Financial Responsibility Act. Defendant was fined $225 for three counts and must also pay $195 in court costs.

  • ‘Charliecloud’ simplifies Big Data supercomputing

    At Los Alamos National Laboratory, home to more than 100 supercomputers since the dawn of the computing era, elegance and simplicity of programming are highly valued but not always achieved. In the case of a new product, dubbed “Charliecloud,” a crisp 800-line code helps supercomputer users operate in the high-performance world of Big Data without burdening computer center staff with the peculiarities of their particular software needs.
    “Charliecloud lets users easily run crazy new things on our supercomputers,” said lead developer Reid Priedhorsky of the High Performance Computing Division at Los Alamos. “Los Alamos has lots of supercomputing power, and we do lots of simulations that are well supported here. But we’ve found that Big Data analysis projects need to use different frameworks, which often have dependencies that differ from what we have already on the supercomputer. So, we’ve developed a lightweight ‘container’ approach that lets users package their own user defined software stack in isolation from the host operating system.”

  • LA History Museum thanks volunteers

    The dedicated volunteers of the Los Alamos History Museum enjoyed an appreciation tour with Atomic City Tours on Thursday, along with a picnic lunch of sandwiches from Ruby K’s. The History Museum thanks its volunteers for their consistent and cheerful help in the Guest Cottage, the Hans Bethe House, and the Historical Society Archives, as well as their work as tour guides in the historic district. Volunteers make possible the History Museum and all it does!
    Anyone interested in joining this dynamic group of History Museum volunteers is invited to attend the upcoming training session. The introductory meeting will be Monday, June 12, from 1–2 p.m., followed by in-depth training on Thursday from 1–5 p.m. Both sessions will meet in the Nambé Room, upstairs in Fuller Lodge.
     A variety of positions are available, and scheduling is flexible. If you have any questions, contact Volunteer Coordinator and Museum Shop Manager Todd Nickols at 695-5250 or museumshop@losalamoshistory.org.

  • State briefs 6-11-17

    Police say body may be that of man missing since May

    ROSWELL (AP) — Police in Roswell say a body found outside the city may be that of a man reported missing last month.
    Police spokesman Todd Wildermuth says the body was found Thursday afternoon and it is believed to be that of 30-year-old Sergio Alexander Salas. A positive identification is pending.
    Wildermuth says Salas was last seen by his mother on May 25 driving away from the Roswell home where they both lived in a black Chevrolet pickup. She reported him missing on June 2.
    The Chaves County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death.

    Albuquerque police say 2 motorcyclists killed in crash

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Albuquerque police say two motorcyclists are dead after a crash with a car.
    Police spokesman officer Daren DeAguero says the accident on the city’s southwest side happened Thursday evening when the driver of a sedan was trying to make a turn and was struck by the motorcycle.
    The two people on the bike died at the scene. Their names have not been released.
    The driver of the car was taken to the hospital for treatment of what DeAguero described as non-life threatening injuries.
    Police are still investigating the accident.

  • Shoppers fixated with discounts pose big worry for stores

    AP Retail Writer

    NEW YORK — Shoppers who got addicted to sales during the last recession have more tools than ever to cross-check prices and find bargains, creating a race to the bottom – particularly on clothes.

    While retailers are trying to offer more exclusive products and improve the experience shoppers have in stores, online leader Amazon is expanding quickly into apparel, creating more discounting wars. Off-price stores and new discount chains keep the pressure on.

    “There is not a lot that I would pay full price for,” said Sara Scoggins, a 30-year-old Los Angeles resident who uses apps like Hafta Have for scanning items and tracking deals and Honey for coupons and promo codes. “There is always a deal. You are a sucker not to get a deal.”

    The bargain-hunting started in earnest during the Great Recession, when stores plied shoppers with discounts upon discounts to rid themselves of mounds of merchandise after consumer spending tanked. But even as the economy has perked up, Americans haven’t let go of the search for deals.

    “We’ve conditioned consumers especially coming out of the recession for promotions and discounting,” said Jack Kleinhenz, chief economist at the National Retail Federation trade group.

  • New doggie daycare to host open house

    Owners Amanda Robertson and Ruth Scott invite the community to their open house event on June 17 and 18. Los Alamos DogHouse PhD (Pet Hotel and Daycare) officially opened its door in December 2016 and hopes to reach out to the public with the opportunity to take a look at their university-themed facility.

    DogHouse PhD offers doggie daycare, overnight boarding and dog training. For overnight boarding, they have dorm rooms and family rooms with webcams, LED night-lights, orthopedic Kuranda beds and music. Additional pampering is also available.

    Doggie daycare includes supervised play groups with separate play yards and small dog or big dog play groups.
    Robertson offers daycare-and-train as well as board-and-train programs for those in need of professional training for their dogs.

    For cat owners, Los Alamos Dog House provides cat boarding with cage-free romp time in their “tree house.”
    Scott is a 28-year resident of Los Alamos. Her mission is to pair people with dogs and to operate a professional facility with love and compassion for all who walk through the door.

  • LAPS board OK’s leased facilities projects

    The Los Alamos Public School board voted Tuesday to permit proposed leased facilities projects to move forward.
    There are three projects that Herb McLean presented, which included upgrades to the Pajarito Complex, Mesa Complex and the Pueblo Complex.

    According to Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus, the county council has a policy in place to appropriate every two years $500,000 for the purpose of improving LAPS’s leased facilities.

    “The county does have $500,000 in their budget this fiscal year for projects for our leased facilities upgrade,” Steinhaus said. “I wanted the school board to see the projects and make sure it was OK that we move forward in getting a good cost estimate.”

    McLean estimated that the projects will cost about $500,000 all together, but a more accurate cost estimate will be done in the near future.

    The proposed projects include upgrades like replacing outdated windows, walls and bathrooms at the three different facilities.

  • LANL to resume shipping waste in September

    Members of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities received some answers Friday on key waste disposal concerns at LANL – primarily about Tech Area 21 on DP Road, and when Los Alamos National Laboratory will resume shipping waste off site.

    Since February 2014, newly generated waste is stored on site at LANL.

    Deputy Assistant Manager of the LANL Site Office for the National Nuclear Security Administration Pete Maggiore told the coalition Friday that LANL will start sending limited shipments to WIPP by September.

    Waste shipments stopped when the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, where LANL ships newly generated transuranic and radiological waste, was shuttered for three years following an accident at the site.

    The accident was blamed on an improperly packed barrel that came from LANL. While being stored in WIPP’s underground storage chambers, a chemical reaction started within a barrel. The release was blamed on the use of the wrong type of kitty litter used with the radioactive waste. The reaction caused the barrel’s lid to pop off and spread radiological waste throughout the storage area.

    WIPP opened in January, but is now only accepting shipments from Idaho and South Carolina.