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  • DOE faults NNSA field office for lab’s safety issues

    A May report from the Department of Energy’s Office of Enterprise Assessments gave the Los Alamos National Laboratory high marks for increasing its safety staffing and implementing “adequate” safety training, qualifications and procedures. 

    However, the same report also noted that the National Nuclear Security Administration Los Alamos Field Office personnel and LANL officials aren’t consistently seeing eye to eye on the interpretation of safety requirements, even after LANL and the NNSA made moves to better communicate following some well-publicized safety breaches. 

    “Overall, although LANS has implemented many elements of its improvement plan, the persistent differences between LANS and NA-LA on their understanding of safety basis requirements continues to delay safety basis document development and maintenance,” a statement in the report said. 

    The office of Enterprise Assessments identified the source of the delays coming from the NNSA-Los Alamos Field Office.

  • LAHS grads urged to carve out their own corner of the world

    The graduates of Los Alamos High School were encouraged to carve out space in their own corner of the world while not forgetting the corner from which they came during Saturday’s commencement ceremony held at Griffith Gymnasium.

    “The choices and decisions you make will help you form your corner of the world,” Los Alamos teacher Brian Easton told the 245 graduates.

    Easton, who has taught economics, government and various social studies classes at LAHS for 20 years, told the graduates the best way to make good choices and decisions is by referring back to the economics cheer from their days in his classroom. 

    “And what does it start with?” he asked. “It starts with ‘Demand.’ In your corner of the world demand excellence; demand excellence of yourself and demand excellence of the people who are in your corner of the world. Demand truth, demand respect and never settle for less.”

    The second part of the cheer is “Supply.”

  • Dems Scott, Ryti, Izraelevitz, Robinson move on to general election

    Sara Scott collected almost 26 percent of the votes cast in Tuesday’s Democratic primary race for Los Alamos County Council to lead the group of four candidates who will compete in the November general election.

    Scott collected 1,905 votes (25.93 percent) and was followed by David Izraelevitz with 1,631 votes (22.20 percent). Randall Ryti finished third with 1,185 votes (16.13 percent) and James Robinson fourth with 1,128 votes (15.35 percent).

    Rounding out the field of six were Tim Morrison, who notched 1,110 votes (15.11 percent), and Quentin Dimick, who got 389 votes (5.29 percent).

    Ryti, one of several candidates in attendance at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building as the results were posted, said as he looked ahead to November’s general election, “I think I just need to work a little bit harder, get some more interest going in the campaign and keep talking about the issues at hand.” 

  • LA state candidates in tight race to the end

    Los Alamos County had its eye on two state races this primary, with Democratic State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-43) running for land commissioner and two Democratic candidates vying for the 43rd District position.

    Both races were too close to call as of press time.

    When Garcia Richard announced she was running for state land commissioner, residents of District 43 knew there would be a tight race to fill the seat, as the Republicans sought to reclaim the seat. Republicans held the seat for 20 years until Garcia Richard was elected in 2012. 

    Democratic County Councilor Pete Sheehey announced his bid in December 2017 and Christine Chandler started running for the District 43 primary race in January. 

    Chandler was leading with 1,743 votes, and Sheehey had 1,500 votes statewide at 11 p.m.

    “I’m feeling optimistic at this point that I will carry the race, We still see strong numbers coming in for us,” Chandler said when reached by phone at 11 p.m.

  • Democrats nominate Lujan Grisham for New Mexico governor

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico Democrats chose three-term U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham as their nominee for governor Tuesday in hopes of reclaiming the state's top office after two terms of Republican control.

    U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce ran unopposed for the Republican nod and moved on to November's general election. Lujan Grisham could become the nation's second elected Latina governor if she succeeds GOP Gov. Susana Martinez, who cannot run for a consecutive third term.

    Democrats in the nation's most Hispanic state accounted for about two-thirds of Election Day balloting as voters decided competitive primary races for two wide-open congressional seats and several statewide offices.

    Lujan Grisham campaigned on making a clean break with the state's Republican administration to dramatically expand early childhood education, boost public and private investment in renewable energy, and make it easier for immigrants in the country illegally and others to obtain state driving credentials.

    Her victory against two primary opponents set up a showdown between an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump on immigration issues and a member of the hard-right Freedom Caucus in Congress who campaigned for Trump in 2016.

  • The Latest: Polls close in New Mexico primary election

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) —  Albuquerque attorney Brian Colon has won the Democratic nomination in the race for New Mexico state auditor.

    He will face off against the sole Republican challenger, State Auditor Wayne Johnson, in the November general election.

    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Johnson to the position after Democrat Tim Keller stepped down and took over as Albuquerque mayor.

    Colon is a former state Democratic Party chairman who now lives in Albuquerque. He grew up in Las Cruces and started his career there. In 2010, he ran to be the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor.

    Colon said during the campaign that the most important role of the auditor is to fight waste, fraud and abuse. He called for promoting a fraud hotline that would allow residents to report suspicious activity.


    9:15 p.m.

    State Rep. Yvette Herrell has won the Republican nomination for New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District as the party looks to keep control of the seat along the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Herrell on Tuesday finished ahead of a field that included former state GOP chairman Monty Newman and former U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs official Gavin Clarkson.

  • Primary elections voting underway in Los Alamos

    Voting in Tuesday’s primary elections was steady through the noon hour as the Los Alamos County Clerk’s office prepared for the closing of the polls a few hours later.

    “It’s been going well,” said county clerk Naomi Maestas. “Hopefully we’ll have all the ballots in by 7 or 7:15.”

    While the polls close at 7 p.m., Maestas said voters already in line at that time would be allowed to vote.

    Maestas said the county’s total for early voting, which closed Saturday night, was 1,848 ballots cast to go with 28 absentee ballots received by mail.

    As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, a total of 297 people had voted at the Municipal Building, 211 at the White Rock Town Hall, 177 at the golf course community building and 56 at the Betty Ehart Senior Citizen.

  • Police Beat 6-3-18

    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.

    May 18
    1:49 a.m.-Armando Gonzales, 19, of Espanola was arrested in White Rock on a Magistrate Court bench warrant.
    2:22 a.m.-Los Alamos police responded to an aggravated battery report at Los Alamos Medical Center. The case is still active.
    9 a.m.-Los Alamos police investigated a residential burglary. The case is still active.
    6:40 p.m.-Los Alamos police responded to a juvenile male runaway. The case is inactive.
    8:40 p.m.-Los Alamos police responded to a dog bite case.The case is still active.

    May 20
    8:18 p.m.- Los Alamos police arrested an individual at the Giant for aggravated DUI.
    9:01 p.m.-Los Alamos police responded to a group of people who left the Pajarito Brew Pub without paying.
    10:10 p.m.- Monica L. Cooper, 51, of Los Alamos was arrested for aggravated DUI and refusing to take a chemical test.

    May 21

  • Sheriff’s candidate Rich stresses communication

    Long-time Los Alamos County resident Hugh Rich wants it known he won’t be asking for a lot if elected the county’s sheriff.

    Rich, who’s running as a Republican against James Whitehead in Tuesday’s primary, simply wants a working relationship with the county’s council and its citizens.

    “I will work with county council and the community to see what we can do, but I won’t be asking for an inflated budget or any lawsuits,” he said.

    Rich knows the community is divided on the status of the sheriff’s office based on November 2017 election results in which Los Alamos voters passed a resolution to keep the office.

    “I know that some people voted for the resolution for keeping the sheriff,” he said. “Some voted for it based on the fact they were upset with the county council’s actions and obviously some people voted against it, which has divided this community.”

    Rich feels it’s clear that a lack of communication with the county council “has put us where we’re at,” adding, “With my stance, I won’t ask for inflated budgets, I won’t ask for lawsuits, I won’t ask for miscommunication … I believe all of that has been done by the current situation.”

  • Colón pledges to fight fraud and corruption

    Democratic State auditor candidate Brian Colón was in the last stretch of his campaign last week, traveling up and down the highways of the state with his message of how the people can help him make the New Mexico Office of the State Auditor stronger. He said he plans to stay on that message right up until Tuesday’s primary.

    “I really want to keep building on the foundation it has now as an office that fights waste, fraud and abuse,” Colón, an Albuquerque attorney, said. “That’s really my focus.”

    Colón said he’s uniquely qualified for the job, given his combined professional background in law and finance.

    “The people who called me about the state auditor’s office were very persuasive. They said ‘look, you got the combined background of our last two auditors (Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas) who have been very practical in making a difference in New Mexico’” Colón said. “For me, it seemed like a perfect intersection of not just qualifications, but experience.”