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  • LAPD looking for owner of lost money

    The Los Alamos Police Department is searching for the owner of a sum of money turned into the department.

    Police declined to release details about the amount.

    “An undisclosed amount of money was located by a citizen and brought to the Los Alamos Police Department. So far, no one has contacted the police department concerning their loss,” LAPD Spokesman Preston Ballew said in a release Friday. “We urge anyone that lost this money to call or come to the police department and describe what kind and how much money they lost to include the type of packaging it was in. Upon receiving this information, and confirmation of its rightful owner, the money can be claimed.”

    Call the LAPD for information at 662-8222.

  • Reiss gives ‘State of the County’

    In his last act serving as Los Alamos County Council Chair, Rick Reiss presented a “State of the County” message at Tuesday’s council meeting. 

    A charter amendment approved by voters in 2014 calls for the council chair to give an annual State of the County address. Reiss is the first chair to act upon that directive. 

    Reiss described struggling with how to distinguish his message from the annual “State of the County” report given by County Manager Harry Burgess for the last five years. That report – presented at last Thursday’s Chamber breakfast – focused on the operational nuts and bolts, such as the status of county projects and finances.

    Reiss chose a high-level look at the county’s achievements. He opened his remarks with, 

    “I believe Los Alamos is a wonderful community with great amenities and beautiful surroundings. In summary, I believe the state of the county is “outstanding,” with excellent county staff that addresses the strategic goals of the council, operational excellence, which is the foundation of county government and comparable results that exceed our neighbors, the region and/or the state.”

  • Real ID is a tough standard for some

    New Mexico is finally complying with the federal standard for Real ID.
    Real ID is the new form of driver’s license (or ID card for non-drivers) that will be required beginning in 2020 to board a plane and for other federal purposes. Real ID confirms that you are genuinely you to the satisfaction of the federal government. When you next renew your license, or no later than October 2020, to get a Real ID license, you will have to present several documents to the Motor Vehicle Department.
    New Mexico’s Legislature delayed several years before adopting this standard. After studying the requirements, I see why. Pulling together the necessary documents will probably be easy for most homeowners. It will be hard for some low-income people, especially those who don’t have a stable address.
    The details are on the MVD website at mvd.newmexico.gov/real-id-information.aspx.
    You’ll have to present three types of documents: one with your Social Security number, one that identifies you by age, and two that establish proof of residence.

  • Court docs to go online

    The New Mexico Supreme Court announced its decision Jan. 6 to open up access to the public and others as part of a new policy.
    “The new policy is part of the Judiciary’s continuing efforts to make judicial proceedings more transparent and accessible to the public while balancing privacy concerns,” Communications Officer Barry Massey said. “The state courts recognize that people increasingly use and rely on electronic information in their day-to-day lives.”
    The New Mexico court system plans to have computer access operational by the spring or the summer. Access will first be  granted to attorneys licensed in New Mexico, out-of-state attorneys admitted by the New Mexico Supreme Court, state, municipal and federal law enforcement agencies, corrections agencies, federal state and municipal courts, compliance programs and agencies involved in adult, family or child welfare.

  • LANS earns DOE bonus for environmental management

    SANTA FE (AP) — Los Alamos National Security has received a $9.1 million bonus for reaching environmental goals in its operation of Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    The New Mexican reports that the U.S. Energy Department says the contractor excelled in a number of projects to remediate areas of environmental concern during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. The company earned 90 percent of the maximum $10.1 million award.
    Decades of improper waste disposal have caused toxic and radiological contamination at the lab and are expected to cost nearly $4 billion to clean up over the next 25 years. The Department of Energy says in a report that the lab has made progress addressing an underground chemical plume that is creeping toward a major aquifer and in cleanup at Technical Area 21.

  • LA boys fall at Taos

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team dropped a road game to Taos 49-46 on Tuesday night.
    The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for Los Alamos and it was the first since Dec. 30, 2016.
    Taos scored a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to drop the Hilltoppers record to 8-7 overall. The Tigers improved to 7-8 and remained unbeaten at home this season.
    It was evenly matched for the full 32 minutes, as the teams went into halftime tied 22-22. Taos outscored Los Alamos 17-12 in the third quarter and the Hilltoppers were unable to hit open shots in the fourth quarter.
    This was Taos’ first win against Los Alamos since Jan. 3, 2015.
    Los Alamos failed to capitalize on a quality opportunity to go into District 2-5A play with an affirmative winning streak. Now, the Hilltoppers will travel to the Southeastern part of the state to face Artesia at 7 p.m. tonight and Lovington at 2 p.m. Saturday.     
     

  • ‘Toppers wrestling splits pair of 2-5A duals

    Capital came away with two wins in the opening District 2-5A duals of the season at Griffith Gym.
    The Jaguars opened the duals with a 53-27 victory over Albuquerque Academy, before concluding Wednesday night by downing Los Alamos 55-15.
    Against the Hilltoppers, Capital garnered seven pins in weight classes 120, 126, 132, 130, 170, 180 and 195. Los Alamos didn’t score until Trevor Brown pinned his opponent to cut the Jaguars lead to 27-6. After Brown’s pin, Capital rallied to score 25 unanswered points to take command of the match.
    Los Alamos managed to get a victory after defeating Academy 46-30. The Hilltoppers got pins from Brown, Devin Atencio, Dylan Irish, Sam Harvey and Milo Light in their win against the Chargers.
    Academy got a 12-9 lead when 126-pounder Clay Cosby pinned Israel Gellis. Neil Deherrera tied 12-12, before the Chargers regained the lead in the 138-pound match.
    A 9-0 performance by Reyes Mendez, coupled with Dylan Irish’s pin, gave Los Alamos a 28-18 lead. But the Chargers didn’t faze and took a 30-28 lead after a pin in the 182-pound match. Harvey and Light secured the Los Alamos victory by pinning their opponents, while Patrick Irish won by forfeit.

  • Whooping cough cases in infants increase in New Mexico

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico health officials say the number of cases of whooping cough in infants has increased.
    The Health Department is investigating four infant cases reported in December. The cases are from Eddy, Curry, Rio Arriba and San Juan counties.
    The agency says this is the largest cluster of whooping cough cases investigated by the state since August 2013.
    Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher says the best way for parents to protect against the illness is to get their children vaccinated. She also encourages women to get vaccinated during pregnancy.
    Symptoms of infection may include coughing fits. In infants, another possible symptom is apnea, where there is a pause in the child's breathing pattern.
    About half of babies younger than one year of age who get the disease are hospitalized.
     

  • Today in history Jan. 12
  • LANL contractor earns DOE bonus for environmental management

    SANTA FE (AP) — Los Alamos National Security has received a $9.1 million bonus for reaching environmental goals in its operation of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The New Mexican reports that the U.S. Energy Department says the contractor excelled in a number of projects to remediate areas of environmental concern during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. The company earned 90 percent of the maximum $10.1 million award.

    Decades of improper waste disposal have caused toxic and radiological contamination at the lab and are expected to cost nearly $4 billion to clean up over the next 25 years. The Department of Energy says in a report that the lab has made progress addressing an underground chemical plume that is creeping toward a major aquifer and in cleanup at Technical Area 21.