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  • Courtyard upgrades part of bond plans


    When school bond ballots arrive in the mail this week, Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt wants you to know that not all of the money is going toward Aspen Middle School.

    Much of the $20 million in this bond cycle is going toward maintenance and utility needs throughout the district, design of the new Los Alamos Middle School Gym, as well as some touch-ups to Chamisa and Mountain elementary schools.

    In this round of bond funding, Mountain Elementary will get new windows in one of its buildings and Chamisa will get a new roof for its arts classrooms.

    One of the standouts of this year’s bond issue is additions to the LAMS courtyard, which is being built right now as one of the last projects from the first bond cycle of 2009.  

  • DNFSB pushes seismic safety issue

    The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board continues to have the Plutonium Facility at Los Alamos National Lab in its crosshairs.

    In a Jan. 3 letter addressed to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, board chair Peter Winokur wrote, “The board remains deeply concerned with the seismic safety posture of PF-4 at Los Alamos.”

    Winokur cited a recent analysis performed by a LANL contractor which demonstrated that PF-4 was vulnerable to structural collapse.

    “The large plutonium inventory of PF-4, coupled, with the facility’s proximity to the public, creates the potential for very high offsite dose consequences if the building were to collapse. Structural upgrades necessary to fix the PF-4 vulnerabilities are currently projected to take several years to complete. In the interim, the potential for very high dose consequences remains.”

    NNSA spokesman Josh McConaha said in a statement, “NNSA acknowledges receipt of the DNFSB letter submitted to the Secretary of Energy on Jan. 3, 2013, regarding the seismic safety posture of the Plutonium Facility (PF-4) at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and is working with LANL to respond to the actions requested by the Chairman. 

  • ‘LANL 6’ to serve no jail time -- Video Extra

    All of the self-proclaimed “LANL 6” received a light sentence in court Wednesday, each getting a year’s probation and a fine. 

    It could have been worse. The maximum sentence each could have received for their Aug. 6 2012 protest outside of the Los Alamos National Laboratory could have netted the defendants 179 days in jail and a $1,500 fine.

    On Aug. 6 of last year, the protesters were part of a Monday morning demonstration at the corner of Diamond Drive and West Jemez Road, the main entranceway to the Los Alamos National Laboratory.  

  • Rodgers, Izraelevitz to lead county council

    In the first order of business for Los Alamos County’s newly seated council, Geoff Rodgers and David Izraelevitz were elected unanimously as chair and vice chair, respectively.  

    Council then proceeded to adopt rules for notification of meetings by council, boards and commissions, the county hospital and the county indigent board. 

    Notice of council meetings and agendas must be posted at least 72 hours in advance. Changes to the agenda may be posted a minimum of 36 hours in advance, provided that a copy of the change is made available to broadcast stations and newspapers that have requested such notice. 

    All county boards, commissions and policymaking bodies must give notice at least 10 days in advance of the meeting date and agendas must be available at least 36 hours in advance.

    An emergency meeting may be called with 24-hour advance notice, unless threat of personal injury or property damage requires less notice. The notice must include the agenda or information on how the public may obtain a copy of the agenda.

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  • Raw: 'Unruly' Airline Passenger Taped to Seat

    Icelandair said it had to restrain a passenger with duct tape on a flight from Reykjavik to New York City because he was hitting people, screaming profanities and spitting.

  • Police Beat 01-08-13

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Dec. 30


    4:37 p.m. — John Danielson, 63, of Los Alamos was arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked license and for failing to stop at a red light in the 4000 block of University.

    Jan. 2


  • LACDC offers business services

    Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation is now offering business advising and workshops under the identity of “Los Alamos Business Assistance Services.”

    The Los Alamos Business Assistance Services program provides services to help businesses start, grow, and succeed. Business advisement is provided on a no-cost, confidential basis. Assistance areas include start-up assistance, business plan development and review, assistance with financing, accounting, marketing, and much more.

     Los Alamos Business Assistance Services also offers affordable, quality workshops on a variety of business topics. 

  • Los Alamos GOP holds special election

    The Los Alamos County Republican Central Committee conducted a special election Jan. 3 to fill the vacancy in its chairmanship created by the recent resignation of Jordon Redmond from that post.  Robert Gibson was elected.

    Gibson is a 34-year resident and has served on the county council, utilities board and on numerous other civic groups. 

    Other officers continuing are Bill McKerley, first vice chair; Joe Archuleta, second vice chair; Mike Weaver, secretary; and Norma Tech, treasurer. All will serve until the County GOP’s biennial organizing convention in April.

    Upon assuming the chair, Gibson said: