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  • Filling empty bowls

    Los Alamos residents choose treasures to take home during the annual Empty Bowls Project fundraiser, a benefit for Self Help, Inc. The fundraiser netted approximately $12,000 for the nonprofit, which provides consultation and advocacy, emergency financial assistance and seed money grants to residents of Los Alamos, northern Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Taos counties. A number of local businesses support the event by donating bowls for community groups to paint, glazing and firing the bowls, providing soup and bread for a luncheon and donating items for a silent auction. 

  • Update 03-20-13

    Sock Hop

    The Los Alamos Family Council will hold its Fabulous Fifties Family Sock Hop. The Hop is scheduled for 6-10 p.m. March 23 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall on Canyon Road. Tickets are $10 per person or $25 for a family. Call 662-4160 for information.

    CRC meeting

    The Department of Public Utilities Charter Review Committee will hold its first meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. March 27, in the Community Building’s Training Room. This will primarily be an organizational meeting to appoint a chair and vice-chair and review the scope of work. The public is welcome to attend.

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    Volunteers needed

    Telephone volunteers are needed for reading the Los Alamos Monitor on the New Mexico Newsline for the Blind. Call 662-0408. 

  • San Juan plant deal hangs in the balance

    The headline on last month’s press release from the New Mexico Environment Department was triumphant. It announced in bold print that “Governor Martinez brokers settlement agreement with PNM and EPA over regional haze.”

    But while Department of Public Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith concedes that “all the parties appear to be satisfied with the settlement” for improving air quality at the San Juan Generating Station, he has some trepidation about the non-binding agreement.

    Los Alamos County owns a 7.2 percent share of the generating station’s unit 4, which provides approximately 50 percent of the electricity requirements for Los Alamos County.

    Martinez directed NMED to negotiate with the Environmental Protection Agency and PNM after the EPA rejected the state’s first proposal to improve air quality at the plant.

    The EPA’s Federal Implementation Plan for reducing regional haze required PNM to install select catalytic reduction technology on all four units of the San Juan Generating Station within five years. EPA’s estimate for installing the units was $350 million. PNM insisted the upgrade would cost $750 million. The state’s press release put the cost at $850 million.

  • Santa Fe leaders push gay marriage

    In Santa Fe, at least, city leaders are taking the advice of their city attorney and they are encouraging county clerks in New Mexico to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

    Mayor David Coss and City Councilor Patti Bushee announced they are sponsoring a resolution expressing support for gay marriage in New Mexico.

    The resolution will be introduced at the next city council meeting, scheduled for March 27.

    “Santa Fe is a city of respect, acceptance, and diversity that embraces all of our residents,” Coss said in a press release. “I sponsored this resolution because all loving, committed couples should have the right to marry regardless of their sexual orientation.”

    “It is disheartening to me — to be creating laws for my community for 19 years and not be treated equally in the eyes of New Mexico law,” Bushee said. “We are the last group allowed to be legally discriminated against. This is a civil rights issue — it’s time for Santa Fe to lead the way.”

  • Today in History for March 20th
  • Pentagon bans 60 mm mortar round after deaths

    HAWTHORNE, Nev. (AP) — A mortar shell explosion killed seven Marines and injured a half-dozen more during mountain warfare training in Nevada's high desert, prompting the Pentagon to immediately halt the use of the weapons until an investigation can determine their safety, officials said Tuesday.

    The explosion occurred Monday night at the Hawthorne Army Depot, a sprawling facility used by troops heading overseas, during an exercise involving the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force from Camp Lejeune, N.C. Several Marines from the unit were injured in the blast, authorities said.

    The mortar round exploded in its firing tube during the exercise, Brig. Gen. Jim Lukeman said at a news conference at Camp Lejeune. He said investigators were trying to determine the cause of the malfunction.

    The Pentagon expanded a temporary ban to prohibit the military from firing any 60 mm mortar rounds until the results of the investigation. The Marine Corps said Tuesday a "blanket suspension" of 60 mm mortars and associated firing tubes is in effect.

    The Pentagon earlier had suspended use of all high-explosive and illumination mortar rounds that were in the same manufacturing lots as ones fired in Nevada.

  • Update 03-19-13

    LAGS

    The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society will begin at 7:30 p.m. today at the First Christian Church, 92 East Road. The featured speaker will be Shari Kelley,  a geophysicist and field geologist at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources in Socorro and an adjunct professor of geology at New Mexico Tech.

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    Sock hop

    The Los Alamos Family Council will hold its Fabulous Fifties Family Sock Hop. The Hop is scheduled for 6-10 p.m. March 23 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall on Canyon Road. Tickets are $10 per person or $25 for a family. Call 662-4160 for information.

    CRC meeting

    The Department of Public Utilities Charter Review Committee will hold its first meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. March 27, in the Community Building’s Training Room. This will primarily be an organizational meeting to appoint a chair and vice-chair and review the scope of work. The public is welcome to attend.

    Volunteers needed

    Telephone volunteers are needed for reading the Los Alamos Monitor on the New Mexico Newsline for the Blind. Call 662-0408. 

  • Girrens new alternate for Regional Coalition

    One of Councilor Steve Girrens’ campaign platforms was to support “the positive momentum promoting regional partnerships and collaboration.”

    “The big picture is, you’re always stronger if you can speak as a community. Our voice is more impactful when it’s in a collaboration coalition,” Girrens said. “And if you want to be a strong regional neighbor, that’s part of it. I think it’s on the county to lead that or support that as much as we can. Isn’t support LANL number one in our economic vitality plan?”

    As one of three councilors working for the lab, Girrens felt that one place he could be most effective in building those partnerships was with the Regional Coalition for Los Alamos National Laboratory Communities. He volunteered to be Councilor Frances Berting’s alternate as liaison to the coalition.

    “I thought I was in a good position to be able to understand the acronyms and understand the talk, because the talk is a little different,” Girrens said. “And just maybe be a more understanding representative.”

    Girrens feels the coalition is an important asset on several fronts.

  • LAFD Clipped For a Cause

    Things got a little hairy at Los Alamos Firehouse No. 3 Saturday as many of Los Alamos’ finest lost their locks to a good cause. Many showed up to the firehouse to get their heads shaved, thanks to some quick thinking by firefighter Micah Brittelle.
    It all started when Brittelle heard that some of his colleagues with the Santa Fe Fire Department were going to a St. Baldrick’s “shave-a-thon” in Rio Rancho to help raise money for cancer research.
    The St. Baldrick’s Foundation raises money to research cures for childhood cancer through many events. Their trademark event, though, is where people in a company or an organization can come together and raise money for the foundation by getting their heads shaved.
    “They created a team and were going to go to Rio Rancho, but when I hear of events going on like that, I like to bring it back here to our community,” Brittelle said. “Instead of having our fire department solicit donations in Rio Rancho we can do an event here in Los Alamos and have public support from our community,” he said.
    And support they did get. The event raised at least $4,925, with more sure to come in.

  • LA man faces sex charges

    Police arrested a 29-year-old Los Alamos man for allegedly sexually assaulting another employee while working an overnight shift March 13 at the Chevron gas station on Trinity Drive.

    According to police, the suspect, Carlos Martinez, allegedly trapped the woman in a walk- in freezer and allegedly abused the victim before letting her go.

    Martinez faces three felony sex charges and a kidnapping charge, since he forcefully kept her in the freezer until she complied with his demands.

    He is currently being held in the Los Alamos Detention Center on a $50,000 cash-only bond, according to LAPD Cmdr. Randy Foster.

    Get more on this developing story in Wednesday's edition of the Los Alamos Monitor.