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Today's News

  • Game of the week, Aug. 23-29

    The 19th edition of the Louie Cernicek boys’ soccer tournament will feature eight competitive teams here at Sullivan Field.
    In addition to Los Alamos, the bracket includes Clovis, Piedra Vista, Roswell, Goddard, Farmington, Santa Fe Prep and Bosque Prep.
    To get to the top, Los Alamos will first need to win its opening-round game.
    Los Alamos will kick off its home tournament at 9 a.m. Friday against Clovis.
    The tournament’s championship game is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday.
     

  • BPU calls meeting on nuclear energy project

    The Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will hold a special session at 2:30 p.m. Monday in council chambers to decide whether to approve $145,540 for the Carbon Free Power Project Study Phase Siting Agreement with the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS).
    The item was tabled at the board’s Aug. 17 meeting. Only three of the five board members were in attendance after a phone connection to Paul Frederickson was dropped and could not be retrieved. Chair Andrew Fraser was not present. Vice Chair Stephen McLin chaired the meeting.
    The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has been exploring the option to buy into the proposed 600MW small modular reactor (SMR) facility as a possible replacement for base load power from the county’s coal assets as early as 2022.
    The facility would house up to 12 NuScale nuclear power modules.
    According to Deputy Utilities Manager for Power Supply Steve Cummins, the 1984 Los Alamos Power Pool’s (LAPP) Power Supply Study recommended investigating small-scale nuclear as a coal replacement. The Future Energy Resources Committee had a similar recommendation.

  • Foster’s attorneys seek documents

    Attorneys representing clients being subpoenaed by the attorneys representing former Los Alamos Police Commander Randy Foster met again in district court last week.
    This time, the issue was whether Foster’s attorneys can compel a psychologist who was treating former officer Brian Schamber to hand over documents related to his treatment for trial.
    In his argument against handing over the documents, David Berlin, an attorney representing psychologist Bradford Richards, referenced a court decision that successfully prevented another doctor from handing over documents in a similar case.
    “...It’s to protect confidential communications made during treatment of a patient’s mental or emotional condition from disclosure during court proceedings, the precise thing the plaintiff is trying to do now, is what this rule was sought to prevent,” said Berlin in district court Tuesday. Berlin also used other legal arguments in other cases to further his argument.
    Judge Raymond Ortiz however said that in this case, the consultation given the nature of the circumstances, was “quasi public” and so release of the documents should be considered.

  • Frijoles Creek work starts at Bandelier

    Bandelier National Monument announced last week that work has begun on a project to clean up and repair the area across Frijoles Creek from the Bandelier National Monument Visitor Center.
    That was an area of Bandelier which has been damaged by flash floods following the Las Conchas Fire in 2011.
    Bandelier said it was using emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration to make repairs.
    Contractors will build a new vehicle access route, clean up the flood debris and re-establish the picnic area and overflow parking areas.
    Work at Frijoles Creek will include removing the present damaged asphalt and resurfacing the road and pullouts. The project is also scheduled to include stabilizing a section of the edge of the entrance road that was eroded by one of the floods.
    Stacks of logs and other debris that floods carried down from the burned area will be taken to the park gravel yard to an air curtain incinerator. These devices control burning in such a way as to release very little smoke while burning materials thoroughly and quickly.
    According to Bandelier, some of those logs will be used in a separate project in the future to reconfigure the creek bed to conditions similar to what it was before being deeply scoured out by the post-fire flooding.

  • Animal Shelter 8-23-15

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    Cupcake — A 4-year-old, calico who was recently surrendered. She is still adjusting to life at the shelter; as a result, she is a bit timid and shy. Shelter volunteers will continue working with Cupcake to bring out her fun side, and she’ll be ready for adoption in no time!
    Marshall — A 1-year-old, orange tabby, who was found roaming earlier this week. He’s really hoping that his family comes for him, but if not, he’ll head to the vet for a check-up before he heads home with a new family.

  • Pet Talk: Vaccinate fur babies to keep them healthy

    It is not uncommon for pets to be considered a part of the family, which is why they deserve to live the happiest and healthiest lives possible.
    While endless treats and belly rubs are some people’s idea of the perfect life for Fido, a more important factor plays into the quality of life your pet will have: their health.
    You may have already heard about the benefits of vaccinating your pet for common diseases, but educating yourself more on the subject is important before visiting the veterinarian’s office.
    Allowing vaccines to be a part of your pet’s health care routine can protect them from some of the most common companion animal diseases. Rabies, distemper, hepatitis, Bordetella, parvovirus and feline leukemia are a few of the illnesses that your pet can be protected against through the use of a vaccine.
    Dr. Brad Bennett, lecturer at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explains how a vaccine can be effective in reducing your pet’s chances of developing a disease. “In developing immunity, vaccines work by mimicking the infection.

  • News For Retirees, Aug. 23-29

    Aug. 16-22, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken parmesan
    12:15 p.m.        Smart Driver Course
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    10 a.m.        Low Vision/Hearing-Speaker with Lesley Olsher
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Hot dog
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    1:30 p.m.        “Friends” meeting
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis

  • How about saving the endangered hunter?

    The state Game Commission meets Aug. 27 to consider trapping cougars, hunting bears and saving wolves.
    Not on the agenda is another endangered species: the New Mexico Hunter.
    According to U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the number of hunters nationwide declined slightly over the 20 years from1991-2011, even as total population rose by nearly a quarter.
    Here in New Mexico, the number of hunting licenses issued fell about 9 percent between 2004 and 2013.
    That may be a reflection of changing demographics. As the Baby Boom enters our creaky and overweight “Golden Years,” more and more of us are reluctant to trade the comforts of the man-cave and a warm bed for the pleasure of tramping the mountains on a frosty fall morning.
    Another factor may be increasing urbanization, with more of us living in the city rather than in the small town farm-and-ranch country where hunting is traditional.
    Whatever the cause, a decline in hunting participation is bad news both for the state’s economy and the wildlife we share the land with.
    New Mexico’s 87,000 hunters spent more than $265 million on their sport in 2013 and contributed another $61 million to the state’s economy in labor, income and taxes, according to Game and Fish.

  • For critics of the Iran nuclear deal…

    For critics of the Iranian nuclear deal: I worked for years (1980-1988) at the IAEA in Vienna and a total of 15-plus years overseas in, guess what? Uranium resources, exploration, development and mining, as well as other focus areas in the nuclear fuel cycle, including nuclear waste management and decommissioning.
    To place this in context, it has been 35 years since I first sat down at a table with an Iranian counterpart. I cannot dismiss the safeguards challenges, but I believe that they are manageable.
    I’m quite familiar with the nuclear capabilities of most countries in that area, including Iran.
    Every president except Barack Obama since the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979 has been a badly misguided because you do not cut off communications with an enemy or potential enemy because it drives them deeper into a certain desperation that results in the worst outcome. Are you not familiar with the street riots against the mullahs in Teheran during the last election?
    The Iranians are ready to negotiate; their people want to reintegrate into the world society. So why tell ’em “Stuff it!?”
    Had we done that with the former Soviet Union, I think most of the world would be a cinder by now.

  • You can trust scientific research reports … we hope

    A recent story in the Chronicle of Higher Education suggests that Michael LaCour, a UCLA graduate student, has fabricated data for another journal article.
    Science magazine has retracted the article, due to “the misrepresentation of survey incentives, the false sponsorship statement, and LaCour’s inability to produce original data.” Unfortunately, this is only the latest in a long string of integrity issues in research publications.
    The scary reality, though, is not the articles that have been found to be questionable, but the possibility of many other fabricated articles that have not been discovered and retracted.
    Meanwhile, John Bohannon intentionally published some weak and questionable findings related to chocolate just to demonstrate how quickly non-refereed journals will snatch up research. He claims, “I fooled millions into thinking chocolate helps weight loss.” Sign me up!
    The Office of Research Integrity oversees integrity on behalf of the Secretary of Health and Human Services. They are currently investigating 50 cases of research misconduct.
    Granted, the vast majority of published research is carefully reviewed and published with full integrity (we think). Nevertheless, one should be properly skeptical of the scientific claims. How can we be more informed consumers of research claims?