Today's News

  • Kettering receives merit award

    The New Mexico School Nurse Association recently presented Los Alamos High School nurse, Kate Kettering, with a Merit Award for Excellence in Nursing at its annual conference.
    Kettering is a licensed professional school nurse and member of the National Association of School Nurses.
    Her belief in “better health, better learning” motivates her to teach each freshman class how to manage severe allergies and asthma while at school, said Los Alamos Public Schools in an announcement about Kettering’s award.
    LAPS gives credit to Kettering and the team of school nurses for ensuring the district is fully compliant with the state of New Mexico immunization requirements.”
    “Kate is an outstanding nurse whose service to our students, staff and the entire LAHS community is exceptional,” LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus said.
    As a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer, Kettering trains all LAPS school nurses in caring for students in crisis. She has been invited to train the Rio Arriba County and Santa Fe Public School nurses, as well.
    LAPS said she enjoys working with students and “continues to be a valuable member of the district’s International Science Fair review board, evaluating the potential risks of student research involving humans.”

  • Treasure Benny Lujan dies

    One of Los Alamos’ Living Treasures, Jose “Benny” Luján, died Tuesday, surrounded by his family.
    Luján was named a Living Treasure in 2005 after living much of his life in Los Alamos. He moved to Los Alamos in 1944, working as a dishwasher and a busboy.
    After service in the U.S. Army, Luján returned to the Hill in 1948 and was a veteran of the local fire department before joining Los Alamos National Laboratory as a radiation monitor.
    He retired in 1990.
    According to his biography with the Living Treasures, Luján helped set up stations for United Blood Services drives, provided support for those running the Bandelier Marathon and played vibraphones and accordion for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk.
    As of press time today, service arrangements for him were still pending.

  • Future Energy reports findings

    In February, the Los Alamos County Board of Public Utilities created the Future Energy Resources Committee (FER) to explore options for helping the Department of Public Utilities achieve the board’s goal of being “a carbon neutral electric provider by 2040.”
    DPU estimates that “Electrical energy production for Los Alamos County, not including LANL, causes an average of 83,000 metric tons of CO2 to be emitted into the atmosphere each year, mostly due to the burning of coal at the San Juan and Laramie River plants.”
    That is approximately 40 percent of the county’s carbon footprint, with natural gas for heating and petroleum motor vehicle fuels accounting for the rest.

    The committee had three mandates:

    • Examine and recommend a definition of carbon neutrality for the county.
    • Study and recommend future renewable energy generation resources.
    • Study and recommend policy toward distributed generation in the county.

  • IG: Safety issues not addressed

    A new audit from the Department of Energy’s Office of the Inspector General was critical of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s actions to implement nuclear safety management measures.
    The report, “Nuclear Safety: Safety Basis and Quality Assurance at the Los Alamos National Laboratory,” was released on Thursday.
    According to the audit, which was conducted in February, LANL has taken steps to improve nuclear safety, specifically mentioning seismic-related risks at PF-4, the lab’s plutonium facility and taken some other steps, but LANL “continued to have problems in fully implementing a number of critical nuclear safety management requirements.”
    Among the findings of safety shortcomings, the audit said LANL had fallen short in developing safety basis documents that met the National Nuclear Security Administration’s expectations in regard to nuclear hazards and mitigation controls, it hadn’t adequately resolved issues for two nuclear facilities — WETF and WCRRF — and hadn’t resolved other “long-standing” deficiencies.
    The report noted that NNSA management was in general agreement with IG’s findings.

  • Rescue helicopter touches down at Nature Center

    Classic Air Medical will bring its rescue helicopter to the Los Alamos Nature Center, as part of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Family Evenings program, sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union.  The helicopter will touch down at 6:45 p.m. today in the nature center parking lot.  
    PEEC’s Summer Family Evenings have been going strong, so far, with Los Alamos families enjoying wolves, rattlesnakes, baby goats and more at the Wednesday evening events.  Today, the wildland firefighters were scheduled to bring their fire engine, but they’ve been called away to fight fires in other states. Classic Air Medical was happy to step in to show their helicopter and to let kids know how rescues happen in the wilderness.
    For more than 26 years, Classic Air Medical has been providing air medical transport in the states of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Oregon, New Mexico and Wyoming. They recently opened a new base in Los Alamos.  
    Summer Family Evenings are free for PEEC members, or $5 per family for non-members. No registration is required.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

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    Also, today is the Discovery Canyon Bird Walk.

  • Story homers twice in Isotopes win

    Trevor Story belted a pair of two-run home runs Tuesday night — into Wednesday morning — as the Albuquerque Isotopes (44-53) beat the Reno Aces (45-52) 9-4 at Aces Ballpark in Reno, Nevada. First pitch was delayed two hours and 40 minutes by rain, and the game began at 10:45 p.m. Mountain Time.

    It took just seven pitches for the Isotopes to take a 2-0 lead — Story mashed a two-run homer in the top of the first.

    After Albuquerque added a run in the second, the Aces scored a pair of runs in both the second and third innings to take the lead, but that advantage wouldn’t last long. Story stepped back to the plate in the top of the fourth and belted a two-out, two-run homer to give the 'Topes the lead back. Albuquerque tacked on two more runs in the inning to take a 7-4 lead. Dustin Garneau and Roger Bernadina hit back-to-back solo homers in the top of ninth for good measure as the Isotopes secured their 9-4 win.

    The Isotopes and Aces will play game three of their four-game series later today at 8:05 p.m. MT. Right-handed pitcher Jair Jurrjens (2-3, 5.13 ERA) is scheduled to start Albuquerque, while Reno is slated to go with right-hander Caleb Clay (5-6, 5.08 ERA).

  • Students have opportunity to take flight

    On Aug. 1, Amy Ross and her pilot pals of the Young Eagle program will be hosting free flights for youth at the Los Alamos Airport.
    “The Young Eagle Program enables people who have a passion for aviation to share that passion with kids,” said Ross, the event coordinator. “Flying small planes, referred to as general aviation airplanes, is much different than flying commercially much like driving a car is very different than riding a bus.”
    Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and continues through 11:30 a.m. at the Los Alamos Airport Terminal, as long as good weather prevails. Students ages 8 to 17, must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for the required paperwork prior to flight time and remain at the airport during the trip.
    “Once at the field and registered, the kids and the rest of their family will talk about what they’ll be doing during the flight, said Ross.” “They’ll do a pre-flight walk around to talk about the aircraft and how it flies, and finally, the kids will go out for their flight.”
    Recently Los Alamos volunteers Lloyd Hunt and Roger Smith assisted regional pilots John Elling, David Roe, Larry Haight, Ken Dominy, Chuck Swanberg and Doug Warwick for the Santa Fe Young Eagle Flights last month.

  • LATC to host tennis tournament

    The Los Alamos Tennis Club (LATC) is holding a tournament for singles, doubles and mixed doubles Aug. 1-2.
    The tournament is for A and B levels.
    Tennis players may sign up for one or two events.
    Entrants don’t have to be LATC members.
    Ten point tiebreakers will be used instead of a third set, except for in the finals.
    The deadline to register for the tournament is July 29.
    The price per person for event is $20. For students, the price is $15.
    For more information, contact Joel at latennis@swcp.com

  • Expensive energy hurts economy

    Despite public protest, Japan is going nuclear — again.
    Following the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima nuclear reactor in northeastern Japan, all nuclear reactors were gradually switched off for inspections. Due to safety concerns, the country’s nuclear power generation has been at a standstill.
    Meanwhile, new regulatory standards have been developed and reactors are undergoing inspections.
    Prior to 2011, nuclear power provided nearly one third of Japan’s electricity. Lost power-generation capacity has been replaced by importing pricey fossil fuels.
    Japan has few natural resources of its own. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports: “Japan imports more than 90 percent of its fossil fuels, and is particularly dependent on the Middle East for oil and natural gas.”

  • Chamber Golf Tournament coming up

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual Chamber Golf Tournament July 31 at the Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The Chamber Golf Tournament is an opportunity to wrap up the workweek by having fun, raising funds for a good cause and do a little business networking.
    The event will be a benefit United Way of Northern New Mexico.
    The tournament will be a four-person scramble that will use 25 percent of the team’s handicap. There will also be hole prizes, contest holes, door prizes and a silent auction.
    Mulligans will be available for a fee.
    Registration is open for the tournament at losalamoschamber.com/events. Golfers can sign up individually or with their four-person team. The price is $100 per person or $80 for golf club members. Registration includes breakfast, golf and a cart.
    Lunch and awards will take place at the Bathtub Row Brewery Co-op.
    Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the event.
    Current sponsors include Los Alamos National Bank, the Los Alamos Monitor, KRSN, the Rio Grande Sun and Bathtub Row Brewery Co-op. Other sponsorships ranging from $100 to $400 are still available. Contact Nancy Partridge for information at 661-4816 or nancy@losalamos.org