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  • D'Agostino stepping down from NNSA administrator post

    The National Nuclear Security Admninistration has confirmed that administrator Thom D’Agostino will be leaving his post Jan. 18.

    D’Agostino said NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator Neile Miller will become acting administrator and acting undersecretary for nuclear security.

    D’Agostino is leaving after more than 36 yearsof federal service, including the last five and one-half years as the NNSA Administrator and Under Secretary for Nuclear Security, and two years as Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs.

    “My wife Beth and I have decided the timing is right for me to leave Federal service,” he said. “This was a difficult decision for me as I am committed to serving our country, committed to the missions of the NNSA, the Environmental Management Organization, the Office of Legacy Management, and I am committed to you in carrying out this mission.  

    “However, I have an equally important commitment to my wife and family and I am a strong believer that organizations are healthier when leadership changes on a periodic basis.  The time is right for this change and I will step down from this position on 18 January 2013, at the end of the first term of the Obama Administration.”

    Energy Secretary Steven Chu also released a statement.

  • Bandelier contest underway

    Bandelier National Monument invites the public to submit photos or artwork in a contest to create the 2014 Bandelier Annual Pass. 
    The contest winner will have his/her photograph adorn the 2014 Bandelier Annual Pass and win an America the Beautiful Annual Pass, which covers entrance fees or standard amenity fees at sites managed by U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Reclamation.
    Contest requirements:
    •  Photos or artwork must be submitted in high quality digital format as a .jpeg, .tiff or bitmap file. They must be 300 dpi and 3MB or less.
    • The design will be placed on a 4”x2” plastic card.
    • Submit to BandPassContest@gmail.com or on a CD, which you can drop off at the Visitor Center, or mail to Fee Collection Supervisor, Bandelier National Monument, 15 Entrance Road, Los Alamos, NM  87544.
    • Entries must be received by 5 p.m. March 27, 2013.
    • Include your name and contact information, including email address and phone number with submission
    • Image must be representative of Bandelier National Monument to be considered.

  • Reduced holiday bus service

    Atomic City Transit will not operate Dec. 25 or Jan. 1.
    AM and PM Enhanced Service will not operate Dec. 24-Dec. 31.
    On Christmas Eve and  New Year’s Eve, fixed-route service will end early. The last outbound trips from the Transit Center are listed below.
    Route 1: 5:08 p.m.
    Route 2: 4:27 p.m.
    Route 3: 4:46 p.m.
    Route 4: 5:07 p.m.
    Route 5: 5:07 p.m.
    Route 6: 4:27 p.m.
    Buses will pick up passengers along the route on the outbound trip after they leave the Transit Center. However, when the bus reaches the end of the route, the bus will go out of service. For example, a Route 6 North Mesa bus will leave the Transit Center at 4:27 p.m. and follow the regular route to the end of North Mesa. Riders can get on or off the bus at any regular stop on the way out to North Mesa. When the bus reaches the last stop at the end of North Mesa, the bus will go out of service.
    Full Service resumes Jan. 2.

  • Streetlights to be turned off Dec. 24-26

    The Los Alamos County Transportation Division will turn off the power to various streetlights to enhance the viewing of holiday farolitos. The streetlights will be turned off Dec. 24 and will be restored on Dec. 26.
    For safety purposes, the Transportation Division requests that all vehicles and trailers be moved to off-street parking during the full period that lights will be off. If this is not possible, it is recommended that the vehicles and trailers be silhouetted by farolitos. Due to the limited sight visibility during the viewing, drivers are requested to travel the viewing areas at 15 miles per hour.

    The streets that will be affected:
    Barranca Mesa
    Los Pueblos, San Juan, Totavi, Navajo Road

    North Mesa
    Camino Redondo, Camino Medio, Cumbres Patio

    White Rock
    Canada Way, Canada Circle, Balboa Drive, Alhambra Drive, Barcelona, Brighton Drive, Briston Place

  • Update 12-21-12

    Monitor closed

    The Los Alamos Monitor office will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

    No blue bus service

    The NCRTD blue buses will not be in service Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. For more information call toll free 1-866-206-0754, or visit ridethebluebus.com.

    Santa's truth

    The Los Alamos Little Theatre hosts “The Truth About Santa,” (PG-13) a melodrama about troubles at the North Pole, performed by the Southwest Rural Theatre Project. The show will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is by donation.

    Live nativity

    There will be a living nativity staged in the United Church parking lot at 5 p.m. Monday Greet the holy family, the shepherds and kings and pet the stable animals. There will also be a candlelight service at 4 p.m. and one at 11 p.m.

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  • P and Z preps for issues

    In a yearly report to the Los Alamos County Council this month, Planning and Zoning Commission Chair Fred Roach looked well beyond goals for the upcoming year. Roach asked council to consider and advise the commission on several issues through the end of FY2014.

    “I believe it’s better to be proactive before major things occur, instead of reacting as they come up as we have in the past,” Roach said.

    The longterm planning has to be sandwiched in between more immediate concerns. The P and Z has authority to approve, conditionally approve or disapprove site plans, special use permits and subdivisions.

    In the past year, the commission reviewed plans for the White Rock Visitor Center, the Smart House, the new clubhouse at the golf course, new radio towers on the ski hill and a two-lot subdivision in White Rock.

    Members of the P and Z expect to review plans for the Trinity Site and the first increment of White Rock’s A-19 development early next year. Roach also said that a pending foreclosure on a local hotel and the one just completed on Los Alamos Plaza could bring those two properties before the commission for redevelopment.

  • LANL floats new estimate

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory says there is nothing new to report, regarding to the stalled security upgrade project.

    But the Nuclear Weapons and Materials Monitor reported in last week’s edition that the cost to complete the project is expected to decrease by more than $14 million.

    Two weeks ago, Los Alamos National Security, LLC, announced it was making a $10 million payment in a joint statement released in conjunction with the National Nuclear Security Administration.

    The trade publication reported that a new estimate submitted by the laboratory to the NNSA would drop the price tag for finishing the second phase of the Nuclear Materials Safeguards and Security Upgrades Project to about $240 million, down from the $254 million cost estimate put forth by the lab last month.

    Lab spokesman Fred DeSousa said that LANL had no comment on the Nuclear Weapons and Materials Monitor report.

    In addition to the $10 million repayment by LANS, the trade publication reports that another $4 million would be saved by starting the project earlier than expected.

    The lab previously said the cost of the project had climbed to $254 million because of major construction problems, up from previous estimates of $213 million.

  • New councilors, clerk sworn in

    New councilors Peter Sheehey, Kristin Henderson and Steve Girrens along with new clerk Sharon Stover were sworn in by Municipal Judge Alan Kirk in his chambers this morning at the Justice Center.

  • NRA Calls for Armed Police Officer in Schools

    The nation's largest gun-rights lobby called Friday for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer "waiting in the wings."

  • NM governor orders flags at half-staff for Lujan

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered flags around the state to fly at half-staff in honor of former House Speaker Ben Lujan.

    Lujan died late Tuesday at age 77 after a long battle with lung cancer. He was one of the most powerful and longest serving state legislators in New Mexico history and the father of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan.

    Under Martinez's order, flags will be lowered from sunrise on Saturday through sundown on Dec. 29.

    A public visitation for Lujan will be held Dec. 27 in the Rotunda of the State Capitol. A second visitation will be held the following evening in Pojoaque.

    A funeral Mass is scheduled for Dec. 29 at The Basilica Cathedral of St. Francis in Santa Fe. Burial will follow in Nambe.