en LANL still looking for answers <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="142" height="85" /><p> Last Friday, the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities received updates on the Feb, 14 radiological release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad. LANL WIPP Recovery Leader and Principal Associate Director For Global Security Terry Wallace and Jeff Kendall, general counsel for the New Mexico Environment Department, provided the updates.<br /> The event occurred just two weeks after a drum of radioactive waste processed at Los Alamos National Laboratory was placed at WIPP. The breached drum was part of a shipment from the 3,706 campaign to remove 3,706 cubic meters of above ground transuranic waste from lab property.<br /> The campaign was 93 percent complete when the incident occurred and WIPP shipments were halted.<br /> Wallace reported that 300 LANL scientists with a range of expertise have performed roughly 3,000 experiments to determine the cause of the breach.<br /> That work has revealed some answers, but not definitive ones. Experts have determined that the breach in the drum was caused by a series of step-wise exothermic reactions.<br /> LA Pony Club rider wins Merit Award <img src="" alt="Erin Kober, on Dakota Night, competing earlier this year at the Las Cruces Horse Trials in the cross-country phase. " title="Erin Kober, on Dakota Night, competing earlier this year at the Las Cruces Horse Trials in the cross-country phase. " align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /><p> Los Alamos Pony Club member Erin Kober, 17, won the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award last month in the Cobblestone Farms Horse Trials in Dexter, Michigan.<br /> Kober, riding her horse Dakota Night, an 18-year-old Morgan/Arab cross (aka Cody), is currently a HB/C3 Traditional rider in the USPC certifications. Kober&rsquo;s current plans for Pony Club advancement include HA/B Traditional testing within the next two years. She is a senior at Los Alamos High School.<br /> Kober was in first place at Cobblestone in the Open Training division (jumping 3 feet, 3 inches) after the cross-country phase and finished the show jumping phase with no penalties. She was awarded the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award for safe riding on cross country out of all the Training Level riders.<br /> &ldquo;I could not believe I got a 9.5 out of 10 for the gallop on cross country with little Cody &mdash; and it was a fantastic way to finish my summer with coach and instructor Dorothy Crowell,&rdquo; Kober said. &ldquo;Getting the Technical Merit award for the cross country riding phase was better than any ribbon.&rdquo;<br /> Bandelier announces ban on drones <p> Bandelier National Monument in northern New Mexico is banning the use of drones.<br /> Monument officials announced the ban Wednesday, saying incidents involving unmanned aircraft at other national parks around the country prompted the decision. The ban will be in effect until further notice.<br /> Officials cited instances in which wildlife and visitors seeking quiet and solitude were disturbed by buzzing drones. They also pointed to the recent crash of a drone into Yellowstone&rsquo;s Grand Prismatic Spring.<br /> Under the new rule, anyone caught using model airplanes, quadcopters or other types of drones within the monument&rsquo;s boundaries could face fines up to $5,000 and six months in jail.<br /> Four other large national parks in the Southwest have already changed their rules to ban drones, including Grand Canyon in Arizona.<br /> According to a press release from Bandelier, the popularity of UAV&rsquo;s is rapidly rising, and they are increasingly being seen in National Parks and other protected areas that visitors seek out for quiet and solitude, not for the presence of buzzing drones. Recently, there have been several incidents that have brought this situation to public attention.<br /> Twenty drug charges filed against White Rock man <img src="" alt="Steven Porter" title="Steven Porter" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> Steven Porter, a 46-year-old White Rock man who is facing 20 charges involving controlled substances &mdash; 13 felonies and seven misdemeanors &mdash; made his first court appearance before Magistrate Judge Pat Casados Tuesday.
<br /> Porter, who was arrested last weekend, was held on a $102,000 bond.<br /> Bond was posted Tuesday and Porter was released from the Los Alamos Detention Center at 9 a.m. Wednesday, according to magistrate court clerk John Baca.
<br /> Porter&rsquo;s next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 2.<br /> Baca said Wednesday that Porter did not yet have a lawyer.<br /> Police seized the drugs in Porter&rsquo;s home after obtaining a search warrant to look for evidence to connect Porter to a rash of damage to property incidents. Police subsequently amended the search warrant to seize the controlled substances after they were found on Porter&rsquo;s property.<br /> This all started apparently in 2012.<br /> According to the statement of probable cause, the Pajarito Acres Homeowners Association obtained a final judgment order from the First Judicial Court to have Porter tear down a structure, which was a covered patio, that he had built on his property located within Pajarito Acres in the 200 block of Rio Bravo. The court ruled that the patio was against the association&rsquo;s bylaws.<br /> The 2014 Gun Show has a new home <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Sponsored by the Los Alamos Sportsman&rsquo;s Club, the location for the 2014 Gun Show will now be at the Knights of Columbus, 104 D.P. Road, this weekend.</p> <p> Firearm vendors and enthusiasts in the community and from across the state are welcome to buy, sell, swap and browse. Firearm ammo and accessories will also be available.</p> <p> The show is from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. General admission is $5 and children 12 and under are free. Passes for both days are $8 for adults and youth ages 12-18 are $3.</p> <p> All federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws must be obeyed.</p> <p> For the previous 17 years, the Gun Show was at the Pueblo Complex, but last year&rsquo;s event was touched by controversy when Los Alamos resident Nancy Schick opposed the use of school property for gun sales, although the Pueblo Complex is no longer a school &mdash; it is still owned by Los Alamos Public Schools.</p> <p> Schick, a former teacher at Los Alamos High School, cited the rash of gun violence in schools as one of the reasons for her opposition.</p> <p> Pueblo Complex is leased out for venues from various organizations throughout the year.&nbsp;</p> Meeting scheduled to explain proposed Pajarito temporary pipeline permit <p> Espa&ntilde;ola Ranger District will host a public meeting to explain the proposed Pajarito ski area temporary pipeline permit at 6 p.m. Monday at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. The meeting will be held in Kelly Hall on the Trinity Drive side and of the church.<br /> Representatives of the Forest Service, Los Alamos County, and Pajarito Recreation Limited Partnership will be available to answer questions raised during the &ldquo;scoping&rdquo; period.<br /> &ldquo;This proposal is pretty simple in design,&rdquo; said Sandy Hurlocker, Espa&ntilde;ola District Ranger.<br /> &ldquo;But we can tell from the number of questions we&rsquo;ve received that we need to explain clearly who has authority for which part of this project.&rdquo;<br /> The proposal being considered by the Espa&ntilde;ola Ranger District is to permit a temporary pipeline to be located on National Forest in order to pump water from the Los Alamos Reservoir and a Los Alamos County water tank to the privately owned Pajarito Ski Area. The water will be stored at the ski area for snow making in 2014 and potentially for fire-fighting in 2015.<br /> The District seeks out comments about the project design and implementation during the scoping period, which ends today.<br /> Update 08-22-14 <p> Car wash</p> <p> Los Alamos High School Choir will host a car wash. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion next to McDonald&rsquo;s. Burgers and hot dogs will be sold for lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. There will also be shaved ice and root beer floats.</p> <p> Robotics</p> <p> Robotics Night. 5-8 p.m. today at the Bradbury Science Museum. Features robots of all sizes and uses like Bomb Squad and Hazmat robots, sumobots, Legobots and more. For more information visit</p> <p> Concert</p> <p> Pianist Nathan Salazar and Santa Fe Opera apprentice artist Benjamin Sieverding in recital. 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Crossroads Bible Church. Tickets $10 adults and $5 children available at the door.</p> <p> County Council</p> <p> The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at the Muncipal Building.</p> <p> Rotary club</p> <p> Noon Tuesday at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker will be Paulette Frankl, author of &ldquo;Marcel and Me.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</p> Episode 3 of 'Manhattan' discussed <p> As the drama continues in WGN&rsquo;s new series, &ldquo;Manhattan,&rdquo; there was another great turnout for the Los Alamos Historical Society&rsquo;s viewing of the third episode.<br /> &ldquo;Manhattan&rdquo; presents a fictionalized look at life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project. Below are some of the common questions that we heard that night and on social media. Every week the Society will be updating a bulletin board in the Museum to continue exploring questions and reactions as the 13-episode series continues.<br /> Previous episodes are discussed on the website,, on our Facebook page, and in the museum.<br /> Join the Los Alamos Historical Society Sundays at Time Out Pizzeria in Los Alamos from 8&ndash;9:30 p.m. for a viewing and discussion of Manhattan (TV-14 rating).<br /> Were they swimming in Ashley Pond?<br /> Most likely Colonel Cox was not swimming at Ashley Pond since the Pond was closed early on during the project due to a fatal accident that occurred. He could be swimming at a pool that was located near Anchor Ranch (today known as S Site).<br /> Did the Project use polygraphs?<br />