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  • LANL struggles with fission materials issues in March

    An overflowing bathroom sink that leaked a few gallons of water into a basement where nuclear waste is stored and an incident where a manager discovered possible fissionable material being stored inside half a plutonium pit sparked federal and lab inquiries in March at the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s plutonium processing facility. 

    The most recent incident in early March triggered a safety investigation by the National Nuclear Security Administration.  

    Water from an overflowing sink caused a few gallons of water to leak into a basement at LANL’s plutonium manufacturing facility, where drums of transuranic waste are stored. 

    In a weekly safety report from a federal oversight board about the issue, it was reported NNSA officials are concerned what would have happened if liquids that are capable of setting off a fission reaction came in contact with the drums, instead of water.

  • Candidates file campaign finance reports

    Seven of the 10 Los Alamos County candidates vying for seats the Los Alamos County Council had filed reports by Monday’s first filing deadline, according to the Secretary of State’s office. 

    Those candidates were David Izraelevitz; Sara Scott; James Robinson; Randall Ryti; Brady Burke; Dawn Trujillo Voss; and Helen Milenski.

    Those with no report listed as of Tuesday afternoon were Quentin Dimick, Timothy Morrison and John Bliss.

    Burke’s campaign lists the most contributions of any of the candidates who had filed a report with $1,757.41 to go with $1,117.41 in expenditures. His biggest single donation was in the amount of $300 from state legislative candidate Lisa Shin.

    Scott’s report listed contributions totaling $1,169.46 and expenditures of $976.97 while Ryti’s contribution amount of $1,041.16 the third-highest to go with expenditures of $698.70.

    Each of the three candidates running in the state legislative race from District 43 has eclipsed the $4,000 mark in contributions, with one, Christine Chandler, having raised more than the other two combined.

  • Sessions to discuss immigration enforcement in New Mexico

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is slated to visit southern New Mexico and speak at a conference for sheriffs in border states.

    Sessions will travel to Las Cruces on Wednesday and deliver remarks on immigration enforcement at an annual meeting organized by the Southwestern Border Sheriff's Coalition and the Texas Border Sheriff's Coalition.

    Sessions' visit comes after President Donald Trump said last week he wants to send 2,000 to 4,000 National Guard members to the border.

    Trump also has said he wants to use the military at the border until progress is made on his proposed border wall.

    The Southwest Border Sheriff's Coalition is made up of 31 sheriff's departments from Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California whose counties are located within 25 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • Nielsen heading to New Mexico for wall update

    WESLACO, Texas (AP) — U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will head to New Mexico for an update on President Donald Trump's proposed border wall. 

    Her trip announced Tuesday comes as National Guard members continue arriving on the border under orders from Trump.

    Republican governors in Texas, Arizona and New Mexico have committed at least 1,600 Guard members so far.

    Nielsen is scheduled to visit new border wall construction efforts near the small town of Santa Teresa on Thursday.

    Officials say the 20-mile stretch in a sprawling desert separating the U.S. from Mexico will be at least 18 feet tall.

    Trump has said he wants to use the military at the border until progress is made on his proposed border wall, which has mostly stalled in Congress.

    The Texas National Guard said Tuesday that another 300 service members are reporting for duty this week.

  • Atomic City Update: Girls’ lacrosse program proves to be good for LA

    Of all the things I have seen during this school year, I don’t think I have ever seen as much excitement from a team as I saw this week as the girls’ lacrosse team won its first ever game as a program. 

    For anyone who just happens to wander past Dara Jones Field at Overlook Park during one of the team’s games, there is now way you would know they have only played three games together ever. 

    No, they may not have the skills to match up against talented teams that have been playing together for years. But honestly, that doesn’t matter. 

    I was at the team’s first game of the season, a 15-2 loss against Rio Rancho. To compare the level of skill I saw from the Hilltoppers in that game compared to the effort I saw this week in the team’s 9-2 win against Bosque would be impossible. 

    It is clear that coach Whitney Pryce and her team are working hard every day in practice, and it is great to see that effort be rewarded with positive results. 

    More than anything, this team is trying to grow the sport of lacrosse in this town, and in this state, especially for girls.

  • Boys’ lacrosse falls in home opener


    n a highly physical contest, the Los Alamos High School boys’ lacrosse team was unable to keep pace with the combined team of Cibola and Bosque, falling 9-4 Wednesday at Dara Jones Field in White Rock. 

    This game was the Hilltoppers’ home opener, as the team’s first attempt to play at Dara Jones Field was postponed due to rain and snow in the area on March 15. 

    After falling behind 1-0 early in the contest, LAHS answered right back, as James Flesner scored to tie the score 1-1. 

    But it was quickly evident that Cibola’s attack would be hard to contain, quickly scoring two goals to take a 3-1 lead and gain control.

    By running its offense well from behind the net, Cibola kept LAHS goalie JD Carson off balance and made it difficult for him to get in front of shots, leading to many quality scoring opportunities.

    After James Gutieerez scored for the Hilltoppers to make the score 3-2, Cibola answered back, scoring two goals before halftime to go into the break with a 5-2 advantage. 

  • Former Sec. of State Dianna Duran to speak as former inmate at fundraiser for incarcerated women

    Former Secretary of State Dianna Duran, who plead guilty and was incarcerated in 2015 for spending campaign funds on a multi-year gambling spree, will speak as a former inmate this month at a fundraiser to help incarcerated women reintegrate into society.

    A Peaceful Habitation will host their annual gala fundraiser April 28 to help formerly incarcerated women reintegrate into society. The event will be from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Albuquerque Marriott.

    Since 2007, the organization has helped a multitude of incarcerated and recently released women from New Mexico correctional facilities to transition back into society.

    The group provides “wrap around” services, such as temporary housing, and connects the women with public resources ranging from financial advisement to employment assistance.

    “Anything that was a challenge for these women prior to serving time behind bars will be even more difficult with a criminal record, so APH empowers these women to help themselves through a faith-based program which helps them become contributing members of society,” according to APH founder Leticia Chavez-Paulette.

    APH is launching a new “Reintegration Essentials” program, which, unlike APH’s current system, does not require women to live in-house after leaving the correctional facility, according to the organization’s release.

  • A chicken in every backyard: Urban poultry needs more regulation to protect human and animal health

    University of California, Davis

    Colorado has received a lot of attention recently as one of the first states to allow recreational marijuana, but it’s also legalizing other things. Denver, one of the nation’s hottest urban real estate markets, is surrounded by municipalities that allow backyard chicken flocks.

    This isn’t just happening in Colorado. Backyard chickens are cropping up everywhere. Nearly 1 percent of all U.S. households surveyed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported owning backyard fowl in 2013, and 4 percent more planned to start in the next five years. That’s over 13 million Americans flocking to the backyard poultry scene.

    Ownership is spread evenly between rural, urban and suburban households and is similar across racial and ethnic groups. A 2015 review of 150 of the most-populated  U.S. cities found that nearly all (93 percent) allowed backyard poultry flocks.

  • Pet of the Week 4-8-18

    Puggle needs a huggle.

    Mason is what’s known as “puggle,” a cross between a beagle and a pug. He is a curious little guy, and is only 3 years old.

    He arrived at the shelter March 22 as a transfer from a dog kennel, and has been a very good boy during his stay at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter.  Mason gets along well with the other dogs, and is friendly with cats also.

    Mason has a short coat of tan and white.   

    According to Los Alamos County Animal Shelter volunteers say he’s also really sweet and loves his snacks. Mason has been microchipped, vaccinated and is ready for his forever home.

    He walks well on a leash, and knows some basic commands, so he’ll be sure to stay out of trouble.

    For more information, call the shelter at 662-8179 or email at police-psa@lacnm.us.

    To find out who else wants a forever home, visit the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter’s Facebook page by typing in “Los Alamos County Animal Shelter into Facebook’s search bar.

  • Lunch with Leader to feature LAPS’s Steinhaus

    This month’s Lunch with a Leader, a community event put on by the League of Women Voters, will feature Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, Los Alamos Public Schools superintendent.

    The lunch is at 11:45 a.m. at Mesa Library on April 17.

    Steinhaus was born in Los Alamos and has dedicated his career to education. His prior appointment was at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he served as director of student programs, education, workforce development, scholarships and community giving. Steinhaus has also served as Deputy Secretary of Education and Education Policy Advisory for the Governor of New Mexico. He and his wife Jo Beth have two children. Valerie is a software engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Their son Kent is a hydrology engineer in Colorado, and his wife Katy is an Electrical Engineer. 

    Kurt is a lifetime member of Leadership New Mexico.

    He will discuss school funding and the effect it has on Los Alamos.

    The League’s annual meeting will follow, when various decisions on positions will be made and dues for next year will be collected. Non-members are welcome.