http://www.lamonitor.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en School board bans E-cigs http://www.lamonitor.com/content/school-board-bans-e-cigs <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ecig.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> Even though the verdict&rsquo;s still out as to whether or not electronic cigarettes are safer than actual cigarettes, the Los Alamos School Board isn&rsquo;t taking any chances.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> At this week&rsquo;s board meeting the board and the school administration both agreed to ban them outright while they continue to craft an official policy regarding electronic cigarettes.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> For now, electronic cigarettes are off limits to visitors, staff, teachers and students. No one on school campus can have them, regardless if they contain nicotine or not.&nbsp;</p> McMillan: Budget problems impact lab's mission http://www.lamonitor.com/content/mcmillan-budget-problems-impact-labs-mission <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> <span style="letter-spacing: -0.1px">Los Alamos National Laboratory director Charlie McMillan was in Washington last week to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Strategic Forces.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> <span style="letter-spacing: -0.1px">McMillan provided an update on recent Los Alamos technical and scientific achievements; the proposed plutonium strategy under evaluation in numerous national security circles; and, Los Alamos budget realities that pose challenges to meeting the lab&rsquo;s mission requirements.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> <span style="letter-spacing: -0.1px">The following came from the Senate website and this was McMillan&rsquo;s written testimony to the subcommittee.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> <span style="letter-spacing: -0.1px">McMillan spent most of his testimony talking about plutonium.</span></p> Beer co-op buys brewing system http://www.lamonitor.com/content/beer-co-op-buys-brewing-system <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/labc_brew_2.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="63" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> The Los Alamos Beer Co-op arecently nnounced the purchase of a 3.5-bbl brewing system. This equipment was purchased from Bosque Brewing in Albuquerque. Bosque Brewing is upgrading to a larger system after only two years in operation, so the Beer Co-op was able to take advantage of Bosque&rsquo;s success while securing a system that will facilitate progress in towards the goal of opening a brewery and taproom in Los Alamos this fall.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> The LABC has been in negotiations for both space and equipment since 2013. Recent member loan investments have made the purchase of the brewing system possible.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> &ldquo;Purchasing brewing equipment puts us one step closer to being a reality,&rdquo; said LABC board President, Micheline Devaurs. &ldquo;Buying a used system makes great sense in this market because the lead time to purchase new equipment is often over a year due to demand. Used systems like the one we purchased can be fairly new, because breweries size up quickly.&rdquo;</p> Council to lobby for full-time clerk compensation http://www.lamonitor.com/content/council-lobby-full-time-clerk-compensation <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/stover_1.jpg" alt="County Clerk Sharon Stover asked council to take the legislative path. " title="County Clerk Sharon Stover asked council to take the legislative path. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> On Thursday, the Los Alamos County Council wrapped up loose ends during a special session on the two remaining charter articles reviewed by the Charter Review Committee (CRC). &nbsp;</p> <p> Council took another look at the county clerk&rsquo;s position, to decide whether they should put a ballot measure before the voters to change the clerk to a full-time, appointed position as it is in all New Mexico municipalities, or ask the legislature to raise the salary cap from that of a part time position to full-time compensation.</p> <p> The CRC had recommended keeping the clerk an elected position, as it is in the current charter, but also recognized that the clerk&rsquo;s duties have grown in recent years, largely due to changes in state law, and that this should be compensated as a fulltime position. Due to Los Alamos&rsquo; status a Class H, incorporated county, the clerk also fills dual roles as both county and municipal clerk.&nbsp;</p> <p> The CRCs recommendation was complicated by the fact that the most recent state statute governing salaries for public officials caps the clerk&rsquo;s salary at $6,889.&nbsp;</p> Luján checks out STEM at UNM-LA http://www.lamonitor.com/content/luj%C3%A1n-checks-out-stem-unm-la <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/lujanpage.jpg" alt="UNM-LA Executive Director Cedric Page, right, greets Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) on front steps of the campus. Luján was there earlier this week to tout STEM programming and to tour the campus." title="UNM-LA Executive Director Cedric Page, right, greets Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) on front steps of the campus. Luján was there earlier this week to tout STEM programming and to tour the campus." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Rep. Ben Ray Luj&atilde;n (D-N.M.) visited the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos recently, anxious to learn more about the programs there and how he can help further the university&rsquo;s immersion in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programming.<br /> Luj&atilde;n has publicly stated his support of STEM programming, not only as a means to stabilize New Mexico&rsquo;s economy, but also as means of economic mobility for New Mexico&rsquo;s high school and college-aged students.<br /> Accompanying him on his tour of the campus were UNM-LA&rsquo;s Executive Director Dr. Cedric Page, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Cindy J. Rooney, Carole G. Rutten, the Los Alamos National Laboratory&rsquo;s Institutional Program Manager for Education in the Community Programs Office and others.<br /> One goal Lujan hoped to achieve by his visit was to drive home the importance of STEM-based programming to his counterparts in Washington as well as the importance of branch campuses in general.<br /> McMillan addresses pit production report http://www.lamonitor.com/content/mcmillan-addresses-pit-production-report <p> Los Alamos National Laboratory director Charlie McMillan was in Washington last week to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Strategic Forces.<br /> McMillan provided an update on recent Los Alamos technical and scientific achievements; the proposed plutonium strategy under evaluation in numerous national security circles; and, Los Alamos budget realities that pose challenges to meeting mission requirements.<br /> The following came from the Senate website and this was McMillan&rsquo;s written testimony to the subcommittee.<br /> In his testimony, McMillan addressed a recent Pit Production report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), which was written by Jonathan Medalia.<br /> Medalia received the help of Brett Kniss, Drew Kornreich, and Amy Wong, of Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Greg Mello and Trish Williams-Mello of Los Alamos Study Group in drafting the report.<br /> &nbsp;&ldquo;Many of the ideas in the report were originally contemplated by lab staff as they began to look at alternatives to CMRR‐NF,&rdquo; McMillan said. &ldquo;While the report is comprehensive, it fails to recognize many of the risks and challenges certain options would face.&rdquo;<br /> Cone Zone http://www.lamonitor.com/content/cone-zone-0 <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> <span style="letter-spacing: -0.2px">The weekly Cone Zone returns with a preview of upcoming construction projects that are scheduled to occur this spring/summer.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> <span style="letter-spacing: -0.2px"><b>N.M. 502 / Trinity Storm Drain Improvements:</b></span></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> <span style="letter-spacing: -0.2px">Starting on approximately May 5, construction will begin on Trinity Drive between DP Road and Knecht Street. Work will include trenching in the north side of Trinity to install storm drains and lateral storm water lines. This project will require significant traffic control. As the traffic control plans are approved, additional information will be included in these construction updates and on the project website. This work is expected to last through mid-July.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> <span style="letter-spacing: -0.2px"><b>Western Area Phase 2 Improvements:&nbsp;</b></span></p> Briefs 04-19-14 http://www.lamonitor.com/content/briefs-04-19-14 <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> <b>Reward for lost art</b></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'; min-height: 13.0px"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> Some high school art was recently stolen from the Youth Gallery at Mesa Public Library. LAHS Art teacher, Mary Grace is asking that the art be returned with no questions asked, a reward for the return is possible,&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> The pieces include a Ninja turtles design consisted of 4 smaller pictures, (one in pencil, three in marker) on one page and a tiger.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> Questions or information can be directed to Grace at 663-2588.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'; min-height: 13.0px"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> <b>Prescribed burn set for Tuesday</b></p>